New Common Core writing resource could save billions

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, @eSN_Meris
October 2nd, 2013

New writing infographic can help save employers billions per year on remediation

writing-common coreIt seems that writing has almost gone the way of mathematics, with many students saying, “When will I need to use this in real life?” But according to research, billions are lost each year teaching employees the basics of good writing. However, thanks to a new Common Core writing resource, schools can now break down the basics of grammar, spelling, and punctuation into concepts appropriate for different student ages.

The infographic comes from Grammarly, a company that aims to improve communication among the world’s 2+ billion native and non-native English writers. Grammarly’s flagship product, the Grammarly Editor, corrects contextual spelling mistakes, checks for more than 250 common grammar errors, enhances vocabulary usage, and provides citation suggestions.

Grammarly’s aim is that this new resource can help curb the billions lost each year on writing remediation.

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2 Responses to “New Common Core writing resource could save billions”

October 7, 2013

I am also skeptical about computers attempting to assess writing. I pasted in the company’s own description of their product. I changed the spelling of two words and then ran the program. ‘Grammarly’ came up with SIX errors, not just the two spelling errors I had inserted. The issues it named that needed revision were: spelling (2), modal verbs (1), writing style (1), vocabulary use (1). When I added 2 + 1 + 1 + 1, it should have added up to FIVE. However, at the top of the report, it said, “Grammarly found 6 critical writing issues in your text.” It gave it a score of “38 of 100 (poor, revision necessary).” Not only did it assess the company’s own writing as poor, but its math was incorrect, too. The old saying “Garbage in, garbage out” comes to mind. I am not persuaded.