After consideration and feedback from the community, Gradescope has determined they will be discontinuing the Essay/Report assignment type as of June 30, 2022. Although Gradescope will not continue to develop or support the Essay/Report assignment type, some of the functionality will still be available for other assignment types. Specifically:
- Text annotations – Instructors can reuse text annotations on the submission and associate those comments with the rubric on all assignment types.
- Rubric before submission – Gradescope plans to release the functionality to create a rubric before any submissions have been uploaded in the coming months. This will be available for all assignment types.
- Grid rubric – The grid rubric view is still in beta, but Gradescope will enable it for anyone who wishes to try it with other assignment types. Instructors can email email@example.com to request access.
If instructors have any existing courses in their Gradescope account that use the Essay/Report assignment type, they will still be able to create new Essay/Report assignments in those courses until June 30, 2022. After this date, the functionality will be disabled, but they will not lose access to the existing Essay/Report assignments in their account.