Written by Alyssa Walker

Dreams can come true. Although peer grading has been around since the 1950s, it hasn't yet found its footing. Until now. A Danish start-up has designed a learning platform that lets students grade each other. 

The 2015 start-up - Peergrade - has over 100,000 users worldwide who use the innovative system.

In an article in Business Insider Nordic, CEO and co-founder David Kofoed Wind said, "We really started growing in 2017, and we are now doubling the number of users every six months."

He didn't mean to start Peergrade. When he was 26 in 201, he was working on his PhD in machine learning and struggled with the workload of grading his 150 students. 

He created a platform that allowed teachers to create online assignments and rubrics. The students then upload their work to Peergrade, which blindly distributes it to other students in the class. Each student received three papers to grade. 

Wind said, "All the students are anonymous, so they cannot see whose work they are grading. The teacher, on the other hand, has a full overview of the work and access to a number of additional features to enhance the learning process."

He added, "Firstly, the method works because students are actually pretty good at grading assignments. But it also gives the learning process a new dimension. By taking part in the process, the students gain new insights from the work of the others, and they learn to give feedback in a constructive manner."

How much traction is he getting? A lot.

American middle schools are in on the project--and the company just received funding from Y Combinator, byFounders, and Learn Capital.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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