Grade or Provide Feedback on Writing Benchmarks


Before You Start!

  1. Make sure your students have all been assigned the grade-level Writing Benchmark for their enrolled grade. For more information on how to assign leveling assessments, click here.
  2. Make sure your students complete the “What is CERCA?” Direct Instruction lesson before they complete the Writing Benchmark. This will give them a quick overview of the CERCA Framework.


  1. Navigate to the Classes page from the top navigation bar of any ThinkCERCA page.
  2. Scroll down the page to find the current assignment you would like to grade. It will be listed beneath an active class.
  3. Click the assignment you would like to grade.
  4. You will be taken to a page with a table listing students and assignment status. In the “Writing” column of the table, select the “Give Feedback” option, which will appear for any student who has completed their assignment.
  5. Click on "Rubric Score" to see students' written responses.
    1. To review students' multiple-choice answers (which have been automatically graded), click on the score to the right of each student's name.
  6. Upon selecting "Rubric Score," you will see the first student's writing on the left of the screen and a section called "Evaluation Rubric" on the right. Before you can begin grading, you'll of course want to read your student's writing.
    1. If you wish to view student responses in the context of the original assignment, click "View Student's Full Work" above the "Student Writing" section at left.
  7. Make any relevant notes on the student's writing by clicking on or highlighting their text and entering your comments in the pop-up box.
  8. On the right-hand side, click on each rubric component to assign a score for that particular criterion; tick the applicable boxes and add your comments in the text box.
    1. Alternately, if you want to provide feedback but do not want to assign a grade, you may bypass selecting a score for each rubric component and instead tick the "Submit With No Score" check box. (After you finish adding your comments, simply hit "Submit Grade.")
  9. Enter any final comments in the "Additional Feedback" text box.
  10. Select an option from the "Assign Growth Focus" dropdown menu to give your student a specific area to focus on improving.
  11. Click "Submit Grade."
    1. If you want the student to edit their work per your feedback, instead click "Return for Revision."
  12. To grade the next student's writing, click the right arrow above the "Evaluation Rubric" section; to return to your class' full list of assignments, click "Return to Assignments."