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Automated essay grading software stirs debate

By staff and wire services reports
August 5th, 2013

Technology automates. It does other things, too, but its main value, and the thing we fear about it, is its ability to automate, InformationWeek reports. Every time we automate something new, it sparks ecstasy and terror. That’s true even for something as mundane as automated essay grading, which has been around for a while, but was added to the EdX platform earlier this year and then heralded in a New York Times article. The National Council of Teachers of English responded with a statement, “Machine Scoring Fails the Test,” listing nine reasons computers can’t teach writing. The English teachers manifesto was vivid, emotive and foolish. They miss the point entirely. Automated essay grading needs to happen, and English teachers should be screaming for it, especially in K-12…

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