Using Computer-Aided Grading Technology in States Where Computer Tests Are Used
As students face increasingly difficult exams, more states are using computer-aided grading to make sure students get an accurate analysis of their writing.
Instead of submitting an original essay, students can fill out an “automated essay” form which will receive a grading code that also has a messaging system attached. The team behind the computer system is then able to track how the student has performed over time and inform the school accordingly. The instructions and grades are then communicated over email and face-to-face so that the system can be completely transparent.
The system has been installed in about 10 US states – Ohio and Florida being among them – and in future may be used in all states with testing, rather than just the ones testing science, as happened this year.
The benefits of using technology to grading student essays include a cut in error rates (although this has yet to be verified), as well as an increase in time saved for the school. More importantly, though, are the more obvious benefits of being able to offer accurate feedback to a student before their class assessments (their final exam) and even towards the end of the term, meaning that they can focus fully on their study and ultimately get better grades.