Automated essay-scoring services on the rise

09/4/2003 | NYTimes.com

The essays of 104,000 middle and high school students nationwide are being graded by an automated program called Criterion, built around a sophisticated scoring technology that uses statistical analysis to mimic the grades human readers would assign. While the technology helps school systems cope with the rising demand for assessment tests, some critics say the program theoretically could assign a well-written essay with an illogical argument a good score.

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