Shortly after I pressed the “pause” button on my teaching career and began staying home with our littlest one, I began to look for ways to earn money. When I started this journey, I was naturally drawn to work-at-home jobs within the field of education. A few minutes into my search, and I was amazed at the vast number of work-from-home opportunities out there.
After digging a little further, I not only found online teaching opportunities, but I also discovered jobs where I could grade and score assessments from home. I was completely shocked!
Whether you’ve had experience within the field of education or not, you can probably imagine that grading papers after a long day of lesson planning, teaching, and reteaching is probably the LAST thing anyone would want to do. Aside from some gentle reflection on your day, you’re more than likely looking forward to sitting back and taking a breather for a minute or so.
Like many teachers, after a long day in the classroom, I was exhausted. I would take home two bags filled with papers only to muddle through about 10 of them before passing out in front of yet another episode of The Office, pen in hand, coffee on the table.
So, when I found the opportunity to score papers from home, (minus those long hours in and out of the classroom), it was a definitive “win” in my book! Not only could I make money within my field, but this opportunity also allowed me to work while I was home with my kiddos. Win-win!
Another great feature of these online scoring positions is that teaching experience isn’t necessarily required. So if you love the idea of reading and scoring assessments while kicking around in your PJs, look no further! We’ve found some great online scoring jobs you can grab that will fit perfectly into your lifestyle.
Grading from Home has GREAT Benefits
Besides being able to kick around in yoga pants all day, there are so many incredible benefits to grading papers from home such as:
- Flexible hours
- Work as much or as little as you’d like (apply to one or many scoring positions)
- Fantastic for balancing many lifestyles (whether you’re a parent or you’re doing this as a side hustle along with another job!)
- Great for gaining additional experience
What You Should Know About these Positions: Some Practical Advice
Hiring practices will vary from company to company but, in my research, I’ve found:
- Many companies look for an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree
- Positions can be seasonal (many run through the school year only)
- Companies may require you to take a qualifying test before being hired
Work at Home Grading Papers: Your Opportunities
Below we’ve outlined some of the best sites that are hiring individuals (like you!) to score assessments from home. We’ve provided a brief description of each opportunity, but check them out as you’ll want to learn about other specifics not mentioned here.
WriteScore is an educational company that utilizes assessment data that educators use to promote learning and academic achievement. As a WriteScore contractor, you’ll read and score student responses.
Positions are available throughout the school year, and you need to have a 2-year-college degree. There is an orientation process, and you’ll also need to pass individual requirements.
ETS hires part-time scoring professionals for a variety of testing programs including the College Board’s AP program. Scorers evaluate samples such as written short answers, spoken responses, and others. Work schedules are varied and cyclical throughout the year, depending on the number of test-takers and test administrations. These are remote positions, but there are also scoring sites throughout the United States
Measurement Incorporated readers/evaluators are trained to score constructed-response test items in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and other areas. This is temporary, project-by-project work, concentrating from March to June.
Some of their requirements include: A bachelor’s degree (any field) from an accredited college or university or an equivalent foreign degree verified by an educational equivalency agency recognized by NACES, completion of a satisfactory writing sample, completion of a successful interview, professional references, and proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Literably offers another flexible position where you can set your own hours. It is a little different than some of the other online scoring positions we’ve mentioned. As a Literably scorer, you’ll evaluate oral recordings of elementary students. The position is much like that of a transcriptionist; you’ll listen to student audio recordings and transcribe errors. Pay is based on your performance, speed, and accuracy. You’ll also need to pass sample tasks as part of the hiring process.
With ACT you’ll score student essays right online. ACT is connected to another popular online educational site known as Pearson. ACT is facilitated by Pearson’s Electronic Performance Evaluation Network System which means you can read and score essays anytime and anywhere with an internet connection. Writing Test essays are scored at intervals throughout the year. Compensation will be performance-based.
Prospective applicants should have the following qualifications: A bachelor’s degree or higher, current teaching experience (preferred), experience teaching high school English to juniors and seniors (preferred), authorization to work in the U.S., and must reside in the U.S.
FlexJobs was one of the first job boards I used after discovering it on The Work at Home Woman! This job board is consistently updating their work-from-home opportunities so, if an online grading position isn’t available on that platform now, check back each week as they pop up!
I once thought that my teaching career would begin and end inside of a traditional classroom environment. Thankfully, with the explosion of online and remote work opportunities, there’s now plenty of ways to balance family and work from the comfort of home!
Whether you’re an educator, a stay-at-home mom, or simply looking for some additional income, scoring papers from home is a wonderfully flexible way to add some cash into your bank!
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Courtney Stich is a stay-at-home mama, and prior educator turned writer, blogger, and Pinterest VA fanatic! She loves everything to do with creating and crafting with her kiddos as well as designing and planning parties! She's the proud founder/creator/developer of the site, The Running Mama — a website dedicated to helping mamas with everything from playtime with the kiddos to downtime for the mama, (all rolled up with a little bit of running here and there). She is a mama to three beautiful kiddos and a wife to one amazingly supportive, loving hubby. She loves everything about being seaside, most things chocolate, and a vase, (or five), filled with sunflowers.
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