Transform assessment, transform education. We've revolutionized how teachers evaluate writing and in doing so we've created the tools and data necessary to modernize and optimize education.
|(a work-in-progress collaboration with Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein)|
“Keith's ingenious approach provides welcome support to harassed and beleaguered teachers everywhere. In reducing the more tedious parts of paper grading, EssayTagger.com frees teachers to concentrate on the most substantial aspects of student writing.”
—Gerald Graffco-author, They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing
Professor of English and Education, U of IL at Chicago
2008 President, Modern Language Association of America
no wasted effort
You spend 20 minutes carefully analyzing and commenting on an essay. The student drops it straight in the recycling bin. Poof! All that effort wasted.
No more. Now all of those evaluations, all of that data lives on and informs instruction. You get value out of it, even if the student chooses not to. (learn more)
you mark errors, students correct
Why do we meticulously correct students' writing when they get so little benefit out of our effort?
Instead simply flag the problematic passages and then hold students accountable for figuring out the error and submitting corrections. (learn more)
fast, effective formative assessment
Speed, detailed diagnostics, and quality feedback are all vital aspects of formative assessment. But it seems impossible to satisfy all three criteria.
Ignore the "Essay" part of EssayTagger and leverage our incredible tools to hit the formative assessment trifecta. (learn more)
common rubrics, individual voices
You want your PLT to be coordinated, teaching to the same targets, assessing with the same rubric. But the rubric isn't your voice.
Now it is. Standardize your PLT's rubric structure but customize it with your own feedback comments. And the resulting data will still be directly comparable across your team. The best of both worlds! (learn more)
align to Common Core with almost zero effort
Build custom rubrics with a specific Common Core State Standard aligned to each element and then track students' progression through those Common Core standards over time. (learn more)
align formative and summative assessments
Align your learning targets to Common Core and you'll be able to see the exact Point A to Point Z connections as your formative assessments progress and culminate in a summative assessment.
EssayTagger is not an auto-grader. You still do all the grading yourself, but now you can do it faster!
These core elements are the backbone of your rubric.
You also have full control over the rubric's quality levels:
You customize the comments — add, edit, delete them — however you like. These are your comments, your feedback. We're not going to leave you stuck with canned, pre-written comments that don't suit your needs or style.
Think about how much repetition there is when you grade, how many of the same comments you find yourself writing on paper after paper. That's the kind of inefficiency we're trying to eliminate.
As you grade each essay you'll add more and more comments for each core element in the rubric. Pretty soon you'll end up with a very robust collection of comments that cover the gamut of student skill levels. And it will all be perfectly organized and easy to retrieve.
And, of course, that rubric and all of its comments are saved and ready to be reused on the next assignment.
It's everything you normally do, only more efficient.
This might not seem like much, but with the organizational and cross-referential power of a database at our fingertips we can do some pretty freakin' amazing things with that data.
And that's just after one assignment. Things get even crazier and cooler as you grade subsequent assignments (progression analysis coming soon).
All of this specific data tracking was possible before, but it simply was not practical for a busy teacher to keep track of on her own. Getting it all into an easily accessible database changes everything.
We believe that this data is an insanely powerful tool and is a game-changer that will transform your classroom.
We've gone through great efforts to make EssayTagger an impressive, intuitive, and gorgeous tool. We hope that we look and perform like a million dollars, but we are not a mega-corporation.
The reality is that we are a tiny startup that was created by a high school English teacher.
After becoming a teacher it became pretty clear that no one outside of education can understand just how brutal and time-consuming it is to be a teacher — especially when it comes to grading essays.
But on the flip-side most teachers don't know how or where technology can help them. Or worse, they're surrounded by all this awful technology that's been forced upon them. My district's attendance system required three separate logins! Three! Argghh!
Last year I had four sections of the same Senior English prep. That meant 96 papers would come in all at once. I was super-passionate about getting these regular-level students ready for the rigors of college so I would find myself spending 15, 20, 30 minutes per paper. That multiplied by 96 is insane.
That's where EssayTagger.com came from — as a teacher I felt the same pain you're feeling but my programming background allowed me to see where a little bit of technology could go a long way.
And the beauty of good uses of technology is that they don't just solve the problem at hand, they open new doors that weren't previously possible. It's a bold claim that we provide "revolutionary student data" but I really think we do.
I know that you will view us with great skepticism — and you should be skeptical. But when you boil it all down our approach is pretty dang simple: it's just rubrics, quality levels, and comments. It's what you normally do when you're grading papers but without most of the redundancy and inefficiency.
I think it's a helluva solution and I hope you agree.
Keith Mukai, M.Ed.
High School English Teacher
EssayTagger.com Founder and CEO
better & faster grading
enhance PLTs/teacher teams
fast formative assessment
training and professional development
no vendor lock-in
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