As a Graider, you join an exclusive network of highly-qualified, remote teaching assistants. You are responsible for delivering complete, high-quality feedback and accurate grading for all assignments on time. We know that high-quality, timely feedback can have a significant impact on student learning, so when you succeed, students succeed.
During the first week of every month, The Graide Network Team conducts an internal review for all Graiders who have completed at least 15 hours of work in the previous month so that we can let you know how you're doing, recognize you for work done well, and give you the support you need to grow. We look at two major categories:
✅ Quality: You complete high-quality work in the subjects for which you have been qualified to grade. You internalize and apply coaching to future projects.
✅ Dependability: You demonstrate effective time management skills. You can be counted on to communicate well and to complete assignments on time.
All Graiders enter The Graide Network at Level 2 as Developing Graiders and have the opportunity to be promoted during regular performance reviews. Each new level comes with the ability to claim more assignments at once (allowing you more opportunity to line up more work when you want it), and our best Graiders will enter a new tier for pay.
❓ FAQ about performance reviews and Graider levels
How do you determine my Graider level?
During each monthly review, you can be promoted if you have progressed in either of the evaluated categories. Basically, your highest rubric score determines your new level. Moving from Level 2 to Level 3 is quite common. We hope for new Graiders who are review-eligible to earn this promotion within their first few reviewed months.
A few small caveats:
- You cannot skip a level (jump from Level 2 to Level 4)
- If you have significant issues in one category, this may keep you from being promoted. No matter how amazing your feedback is, consistent or egregious dependability issues will keep you from progressing. Even if you're always on time, if your feedback consistently requires a lot of coaching or fails to fully meet expectations even after a revision request, you won't be promoted.
Do levels come with any other perks?
Level 3 and 4 Graiders gain access to additional on-call grading opportunities and special projects that require a high level of demonstrated quality. Level 4 Graiders are usually people our team gets to know a little more personally, and we'll be able to provide more detailed references and recommendations. Level 4 Graiders may also be considered for any (very occasional) openings on our Senior Graider coaching team.
What are some tips for growing as a Graider?
Most of our Graider rubric is about outputs: while we don't (yet) have super strict rules that determine where you fall on the performance rubric, we want to move that direction. To be fair to all Graiders, we ground our reviews in objective metrics like teacher ratings, internal quality reviews, and on-time rates.
As long as you're delivering exceptional work on time, we won't bother you about your methods. That said, there are some habits and qualities that are most likely to lead to success:
- Mission alignment: You care about the students and teachers you are working with. While remote grading can sometimes feel impersonal, especially when teachers may not always reply to your messages, the desire to do your best work for kids keeps your own bar for success high.
- Learning mindset: You want to grow in whatever you take on. You're open to feedback, and you even seek it out.
- Proactivity: You start work early so that you can ensure you have what you need and can ask questions or get coaching while there's plenty of time for the teacher or our team to respond. You know that waiting to the last minute makes assignments more stressful.
- Efficiency: You work to figure out ways to make high quality grading most efficient and manageable for you. While we won't dock you for taking a long time on an assignment, we know that's not sustainable for the long term, and you'll be happier and do better work when it is down to a system.
How can I earn all-star status?
Level 4 really recognizes our best-of-the-best. All-star Graiders have super strong writing and feedback skills. Teachers love these Graiders and rave to us about their work. They're usually our most active Graiders, and they've often been qualified for advanced work. They're pretty independent: they've done enough assignments to have learned how to best manage their schedule and troubleshoot common errors. They know when to message us for help and when to contact teachers. We know we can count on them to turn in their committed assignments on time and communicate well.
As with anything, expertise comes with practice. If you're shooting for Level 4, always look for ways to make your work stronger, be responsive to communication, get started early, and turn assignments in ahead of deadlines. Look to the rubric above to figure out where you may be able to grow.
Note: Please do not ask us to promote you to Level 4. We are more than happy to help you improve, but this will be more annoying than helpful to your case.
Can I be demoted?
We do not generally demote Graiders, especially during these monthly performance reviews, unless there are critical or consistent issues with quality or dependability. If you've earned a promotion, we know you are capable of meeting expectations, and we are happy to work with you! If you slide down the rubric in either category after having been promoted, we expect this to be a temporary lapse, and we are confident you can get back on track before the next review. You may be demoted if we note significant issues or the same issues review after review.
Generally, you have no reason to be concerned about being demoted to Level 1. Level 1 is aligned to issues that may be cause for dismissal from the Graide Network, which are usually handled outside of this monthly review process. If you land here, we may either exit you (without the option of returning) or try to work with you to make rapid and significant changes.
What if I don't do enough work to earn a review?
Typically it's hard for us to fairly evaluate you with less data than we can get from 15+ recent hours of work, and we know that regular work is win-win: Graiders get more regular practice, making it easier to work efficiently and maintain their skills, and students and teachers benefit from your experience working with a wider range of assignments and students. When Graiders sign up, we ask for regular availability, and, ideally, about one assignment per week on average.
This means we don't make exceptions to this rule. We're happy to have some Graiders who only occasionally take an assignment, but by doing so, they accept that they may not be eligible for a promotion.
Note: If your 15 hours of assignments consist of only 1 or 2 individual assignments, we may also have trouble evaluating you and hold off on promotion to the next level. It's not personal - we just need more information!