Computerized Grading Essays
The first part of the competition was held in January and featured the vendors of software that has already been developed to demonstrate the efficiency of their products in grading essays.
The second part of the competition, which runs through April, extended involvement to the public, so that independent software developers can compete as well.
Due to high costs from every essay having to be graded by two teachers, standardized state tests with a written part of the examination have become increasingly expensive.
This cost has led to many states ditching this important part of assessment tests.
Multiple-choice questions are simple to grade automatically, but basing a test solely on these kinds of questions does not provide a full assessment of a student’s skills and capabilities.
Essays are an important way to gauge critical reasoning and writing proficiency, which are integral to academic development.
For stakeholders dealing with humongous amounts of essays such as MOOC providers or states that include essays as part in their standardized tests, the thought of having the grading work done, even partly, by a computer is mesmerizing to say the least.