Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Can a Machine Grade Essays?

For years, automated machines have done the grading of tests with multiple choice answers, but what if a machine could grade the essay portion of a test? On Saturday, at the Fourth International Conference on Writing Research at George Mason University, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) showed that computer programs were able to do just that—grade writing, specifically on freshman writing placement tests. However, a writing scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented research that argues the claims from ETS and suggests the automated essay grading ‘favors verbosity over originality.’

To learn more, read the full article at USA Today

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