"Computers are fast when it comes to grading test essays, but they can be fooled...
"Les Perelman, a director of writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says no.
"Mr. Perelman enjoys studying algorithms from E.T.S. research papers when he is not teaching undergraduates. This has taught him to think like e-Rater.
"While his research is limited, because E.T.S. is the only organization that has permitted him to test its product, he says the automated reader can be easily gamed, is vulnerable to test prep, sets a very limited and rigid standard for what good writing is, and will pressure teachers to dumb down writing instruction."
Via Jim Lerman