Grading Software Is A Time Saving Tool Essay
Teachers are turning to essay-grading software to critique student writing, but critics point to serious flaws in the technology
By Caralee J. Adams
Jeff Pence knows the best way for his 7th grade English students to improve their writing is to do more of it. But with 140 students, it would take him at least two weeks to grade a batch of their essays.
So the Canton, Ga., middle school teacher uses an online, automated essay-scoring program that allows students to get feedback on their writing before handing in their work.
"It doesn 't tell them what to do, but it points out where issues may exist," said Mr. Pence, who says the a Pearson WriteToLearn program engages the students almost like a game.
With the technology, he has been able to assign an essay a week and individualize instruction efficiently. "I feel it 's pretty accurate," Mr. Pence said. "Is it perfect? No. But when I reach that 67th essay, I 'm not real accurate, either. As a team, we are pretty good."
With the push for students to become better writers and meet the new Common Core State Standards, teachers are eager for new tools to help out. Pearson, which is based in London and New York City, is one of several companies upgrading its technology in this space, also known as artificial intelligence, AI, or machine-reading. New assessments to test deeper learning and move beyond multiple-choice answers are also fueling the demand for software to help automate the…