PACE Scoring Procedures


To ‘score’ means to check the answers of a completed section of a PACE with the correct answers in a score key. Regular careful scoring is critical to the effective utilization of the curriculum. Scoring is a student’s responsibility not the parent’s or supervisor’s.

On the reverse of this sheet are step-by-step instructions on scoring procedure. Parents need to go through these with the student continually until students clearly understand and do what is required in their PACE work.

NB Parents: Filling in scoring strips correctly and putting red circles around the page numbers, etc may seem to be unnecessary procedure but if you insist that it be all followed through, and a student is trained in these correct procedures then the following advantages will be realized.

  1. It makes it easier for parents to check the student’s work.
  2. Without a disciplined procedure, work soon becomes careless and sloppy.
  3. If a student transfers to a school situation they will be familiar with the standard procedures.


  • All scoring should be done with a red pen. In a school situation red pens are only available at the scoring station. Students are not allowed red pens in their offices.
  • Score keys should all be kept in and returned to a ‘safe’ place.
  • Students should not have access to PACE Tests or Test Keys.
  • Wrong answers should be marked with a red cross beside the question number. Do not let students put crosses or any red marks beside the actual mistake. This can lead to or be an indication of cheating.
  • Students must not circle page numbers until that page is all scored and correct. Explain to students that when they put a red circle around a page number they are making a declaration, ‘I have scored this page and it is all correct.’

Parents need to score the student’s work when a Supervisor Score Strip appears. In a school situation the supervisor uses a green pen and we recommend that parents use green pen also. Do not sign this score strip until all the work it refers to is correct.


  1. Always score your PACE work:
    a)      when you come to a scoring strip.
    b)      at the end of the day’s goals.
  2. When a score strip appears (example below) you should ask for the score key and check your answers and score the pages indicated by the score strip.NB: Do not tick correct answers. Mark any answers that are wrong with a red cross beside the question number – not by the mistake.
    If any page is completely correct put a red circle around the page number. When you have completed the scoring you should put a red cross in the first box of the score strip as indicated below.goals1-01
  3. If there are mistakes you will need to correct these immediately before proceeding with further work. Once you have corrected your answers put a pencil cross in the second box of the score strip (example below) and ask again for the score key.
  4. Check any corrected mistakes with the score key.
    As you rescore you should:
    a)      Put a red circle around the red cross if the answer is now correct.
    b)      Put a red circle around the page number but only if that page is now all correct.
    c)      Put a red cross in the third box of the scoring strip. (Example below)
  5. When there is a Supervisor’s Scoring Strip (example below) ask your parent to score the work.

You must not do any work beyond a scoring strip until the scoring strip is filled in.