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Transitioning from the Scantron to Gradescope


William & Mary is retiring use of the Scantron machine and moving to Gradescope for bubble sheet exams.

Full Description

William & Mary Information Technology, in partnership with the Studio for Teaching and Learning Innovation, is making changes to its exam scanning services. Effective August 12, 2024, Scantron use will be retired and all instructors will need to fully convert to Gradescope for all bubble sheet exam grading.

What is Gradescope?

Gradescope is an online grading tool used for diverse assessment types, including scanned, pen-and-paper, bubble sheets, and free-response handwritten tasks. It caters to both individual students and instructors by offering streamlined workflows for efficient grading and feedback for assignments and exams. The platform also features a dynamic point adjustment rubric for real-time modifications during grading. Traditional Scantron form does not offer this flexibility and is limited to bubble sheets with results that must be manually imported. Gradescope not only significantly reduces the time spent on organizing, grading and providing feedback, but also ensures fairness and objectivity in grading, benefiting both students and instructors alike.

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An Overview of Gradescope Bubble Sheet Assignments:
  • Gradescope’s bubble sheet assignments allow instructors to create a multiple-choice answer key for the automatic grading of student submissions as uploaded. 
  • Instructors can create up to five different versions on an exam. 
  • Students can individually upload their file on Gradescope for grading or the instructor can scan all files in one batch and upload a PDF of all the files into Gradescope for evaluation.
  • After bubble sheets have been auto-graded, instructors can make manual edits if needed.
  • A .csv report of every student’s answer and score for each question can be generated. This can be useful for completing analysis, such as curving or comparing stats for corresponding questions across versions.
  • Gradescope gathers and correlates data from your students’ submissions to provide instructors with informative statistics regarding an assignment.
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