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New Florida Writing Test Will Use Computers To Grade Student Essays

New Florida Writing Test Will Use Computers To Grade Student Essays | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

A computer program will grade student essays on the writing portion of the standardized test set to replace the FCAT, according to bid documents released by the Florida Department of Education.

The essays will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different


Via Sharrock
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

This is another way to subvert teaching as a truly human activity. It is a way of checking up on flawed humans.

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Sharrock's curator insight, March 25, 12:45 PM

excerpt: "Shermis found computer programs — including AIR’s AutoScore– performed at least as well as human grading in two of three trials that have been conducted. His research concluded computers were reliable enough to be used as a second reviewer for high stakes tests."


This could generate some powerful data but I need a better understanding of what the program is assessing and would like to see the rubric the humans are using for scoring. Shermis' paper on the research is provided at the bottom of the webpage though. I just have to read it.

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain?

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

Via Dennis T OConnor, Christine Heine, AlGonzalezinfo, Kenneth Mikkelsen
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

Writing has a place in our lives. Neuroscience points to this.

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Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:21 AM

The act of writing is in of itself a reflective and creative journey.

Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:22 PM

Great information! Thanks to Elvira for telling me about it. :)
I've always said that keeping a journal is cheap therapy! 

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 11:24 PM

Massage your brain....