Computers grade Connecticut students' essays

11/27/2006 | Hartford Courant (Conn.), The

Connecticut students in six towns are testing Internet-based programs that provide instant feedback on their writing, on such things as grammar, word choice and whether conclusions are adequately supported. Proponents say the automated scoring software is reliable and more consistent than grading by humans, although critics fear it will encourage "formulaic" writing.

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