Josh is 16 years old. Currently a junior at William. H. Smith High School, he has earned varsity status on the Baseball and Wrestling team for the past two years. Anticipating a bright future, he hopes to apply to a variety of Division 1 schools and earn generous scholarship offers. There’s just one problem: his writing skills are subpar. While he’s been able to maintain decent grades in math, science and other subjects throughout high school, he’s always struggled with essays. Until now, he’s always managed to get by, but now that the all-important SAT is on the horizon, he needs help…fast. Josie Kwan has been an English teacher at William H. Smith High School for seven years. After giving birth to twins last April and enjoying a blissful (yet exhausting) summer, she’s finally returning to work this September. A passionate educator, she worries that her new life as a parent will make it a lot tougher to grade her student’s work. With 2 a.m. feedings replacing late night grading sessions, she yearns for a new way to serve the needs of her classes without sacrificing the consistent attention to detail that she prides herself on. Ms. James Campbell is the senior superintendent of the Halliwell School District. Now entering his 24th year working with the Board of Education, his old-school sensibilities have driven his approach to the job. He believes his administration should maintain a tried-and-true teaching and evaluation methods that have served them so well for over two…
Most students have anxiety about standardized tests. The results of these examinations can have a huge impact on the success of their college applications (not to mention the pursuit of scholarships or financial aid). Grades, extracurricular activities, and public service fade to the background when it’s time to sit down and take the SAT or other tests, so preparation is crucial. For many students, essay writing is daunting. While subjects like math have objectively correct answers, writing is more subjective – and thus grading is not always accurate. That’s where test scoring machines come in. Human vs. Test Scoring Machine A test scoring machine improves the instructional process by providing more frequent and immediate feedback to writers, encouraging improvements in students’ writing ability by communicating their strengths and weaknesses. What does this mean? Clear, insightful feedback based on the combined judgments of human scorers. By using aggregated expertise to score each essay, students benefit from a consistent, well-rounded point-of-view unaffected by differences in opinion. In other words, a test scoring machine provides the perfect standardized feedback to help prepare for standardized tests. By taking advantage of the feedback they receive from this process, students can easily identify habitual mistakes and correct them before ever walking into the test room. For more about boosting writing skills, check out this blog. Teach Students Excellence If you’d like further evidence that this cutting-edge technology is a superior tool for test preparation, consider that IntelliMetric®, the “Gold-Standard” in automated essay scoring, is also being…
Scoring essays, by nature, is a challenging part of a teacher’s job. The process takes a great deal of time, and reading too quickly through them all inevitably results in a lack of proper attention to detail. For generations, the education world has been resigned to the fact that this responsibility is an unavoidable part of the job, leaving teachers to manage this daunting workload on a regular basis. Luckily, the past few decades of software development have led us to technology that not only meets the standards of expert scorers… it exceeds them. Read on to learn more about essay grading software. Humans vs. Artificial Intelligence The product of thirty years of continual research and development, essay grading software is now acknowledged as an equal or better performer than expert human scorers. Here are a few key reasons why: a) Consistency – Teachers work hard, but they’re constantly fighting an uphill battle against factors that can affect their scoring ability, such as fatigue, distractions and time constraints. Essay grading software is immune to these hurdles, allowing for a consistent scoring standard for every reviewed essay. For more about how automated scoring leads to superior essay grade consistency, check out this blog. b) Speed – Today’s essay grading software is powerful, comprehensive and ultra-quick, saving valuable time vs. the human review process. c) Perspective - In order to score properly, essay grading software “learns” from a set of responses previously determined by experts. This process allows the software to develop…
Students across the country are learning how to become better writers with one simple strategy employed by school districts: Get the students to write more. The only way to become a better writer is to actually write. And the more students write, the more they get a feel for: Argument Composition Context Grammar Syntax And other elements of great writing There is one problem with the strategy of getting students to write more. It puts undue strain on teachers who are already overtaxed for time. Teachers must create lesson plans, teach multiple classes or subjects per day, and often assist with after-school clubs and sports. With added essays to grade, there is simply not enough time in the day for teachers to attend to both work and their personal lives. Leveraging A.I. To Do Right By Students School districts find themselves in a predicament. More writing by students means more grading. School districts want to keep teachers satisfied in their careers, yet they can’t afford to hire professional essay graders. But it is imperative that students get the writing practice they need to succeed in college, work, or whatever path they take in life. That’s where A.I. can help. By implementing an automatic essay grader for each teacher, school districts can ensure that students get practice writing and receive detailed, instructive feedback. At the same time, teachers retain their bandwidth to teach their subjects well. Intellimetric’s automatic essay grader is powered by advanced A.I. that ensures feedback and grades surpass…
Teachers work tirelessly to ensure the success of their students. School districts know it, and they need a way to keep teachers satisfied in their careers by relieving them of the undue strain of grading essays. When a teacher returns graded essays back a week or two late, parents and students become frustrated. What's often overlooked is that grading essays is time-consuming, and usually teachers collect papers from more than one class. Teachers are forced to choose: Rush to finish grading papers on time, and return them with inconsistencies, or return accurately graded papers weeks later. Learn how automated scoring solves this old problem. Automated Scoring Is Not Subject To Time Constraints Many teachers start grading papers at the beginning of the school year with the best intentions. They take their time, carefully read each essay, and assign an accurate grade along with helpful feedback for the student. But most teachers can’t keep this up all year long due to the sheer volume of essays they have to grade after school hours and the fact that they have families, friends, and responsibilities outside of work. By the end of the school year, either the quality of grading is not consistent with what it used to be, or teachers are struggling to get through backlogged papers before summer break. Automated scoring, on the other hand, is always consistent and always on time because computer programs don’t fatigue. An automatic essay grader can score hundreds of essays in a fraction of the…
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