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Essay Grading Software For Teachers 535

Posted by timothy
from the sounds-better-my-12th-grade-teacher dept.
asjk writes "Software to help teachers with grading has been around for sometime. This is true even with respect to grading essays. A new tool, called Criteria, will look at grammar, usage, and even style and organization. It works by being trained by at least 450 essays scored by two professionals. The difference this time? Here is a snip from the article: '"There's a lot of skepticism," Dr. Spatola said. "The people opposed see it dehumanizing the student's papers, putting them through some sort of mechanical, computerized system like the multiple choice tests. That's really not the case, because we're not talking about eliminating the human element. We're making the process more efficient."'"
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Essay Grading Software For Teachers

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  • by Bueller_007 (535588) on Saturday September 06, 2003 @10:23PM (#6890766)
    I for one welcome our automated essay-correcting overlords.
  • by focitrixilous P (690813) on Saturday September 06, 2003 @10:24PM (#6890774) Journal
    Nope, robots [slashdot.org] will soon do [slashdot.org] it [slashdot.org] all. [slashdot.org]
  • by d03boy (646195) on Saturday September 06, 2003 @10:24PM (#6890775)
    If they're going to use a computer to judge the content, than I'm not going to hesitate to use a computer to write my essay.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 06, 2003 @10:26PM (#6890787)
    We need some laws:

    Grading software may not injure a human being's GPA or, through inaction, allow a human being's GPA to come to harm.
    Grading software must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    Grading software must copy protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
  • by istartedi (132515) on Saturday September 06, 2003 @10:27PM (#6890788) Journal

    What we need is software that grabs essays off the internet and runs them through the grading software and the cheating detection software, thus gauranteeing an 'A'.

    Then we can truly achieve the goal of "knowledge passing from lecturer to paper without passing through any brains".

    The only problem is that the machines might achieve intelligence. That must be avoided at all costs. To that end, all students and professors will be equipped with rifles or pistols to take out the machines if necessary. Potential students will be asked to specify weapons preference on their applications.

  • Re:Uh.... (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 06, 2003 @10:33PM (#6890824)
    It's spelled "evidently".
  • by Savatte (111615) on Saturday September 06, 2003 @10:40PM (#6890867) Homepage Journal
    He just gives everyone a B when he is hungover.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 06, 2003 @10:43PM (#6890879)
    no more or less so than published work.

    I, too, am jaded by the stupid grammar and spelling police

    the students will get a copy for themselves?

  • by Xofer D (29055) on Saturday September 06, 2003 @11:11PM (#6891001) Homepage Journal
    You werent taught English.
    Oh, the irony.
  • Re:Uh.... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Quothz (683368) on Saturday September 06, 2003 @11:41PM (#6891130) Journal

    Er, I'll save you moderators the trouble. -1, Flamebait. And a grammar flame to boot. With grammatical errors in it. I deserve modding down. I probably deserve worse. But I must speak.

    If you do know English te word grammar checker should be used to write perfect technical papers. Its possible to write perfect technical papers, I do it all the time in college, its like standard here if you want an A.

    This makes me want to weep. Did you intend it ironically?

    "Its"? Twice?(!) A run-on sentence bragging about your prowess at grammar? Redundancy, incorrect capitalization, a typographical error, punctuation errors, and errors I don't know the name of?

    Mind you, my grammar ain't perfect, even in this post. That last paragraph was nothing but sentence framents. I'm just saying I really, really hope you did that on purpose.

    If not, shut the hell up about your perfect technical papers, 'kay?

  • by Jerf (17166) on Saturday September 06, 2003 @11:45PM (#6891151) Journal
    ESSAY GRADING REPORT FOR: "Bueller 007" (ID: 535588)

    BASE SCORE: 100

    -50: Essay too short (few arguments can be well-supported in nine words)

    -50: Plagarism: It is 99.999% (MAX PROB) likely, based on the content of the essay, that it is plagarized from other sources.

    -10: Grammar error: Phrase "I for one welcome" requires commas, as in "I, for one, welcome"*

    -25: Missing key words: The essay grader was instructed to look for the following key words or phrases, which were not found in this essay: word: excellent, word: good, phrase: better then humans, word: lazy, phrase: java.lang.NullPointerException\nstacktrace\n\tat\n org.criteria.grading.phraseIterator.getNext(phrase Iterator.java:1023)...

    Total: 65501

    Grade: A+


    (*: Jumping out of character: To forstall objections, this "error" is deliberately pointed out as the kind of mistake a computer can make if you use grammar checkers and trust them blindly. While an excessively formal style of English might 'require' commas in that phrase, an excellent case can be made that in a nine-word sentence such commas just make the sentence choppy.)
  • by Macrobat (318224) on Saturday September 06, 2003 @11:54PM (#6891188)
    "There's a lot of skepticism," Dr. Spatola said. "The people opposed see it dehumanizing the student's papers, putting them through some sort of mechanical, computerized system like the multiple choice tests..."

    Um...as opposed to English Comp classes in general?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 07, 2003 @12:32AM (#6891314)

    Teacher: Johnny, I'm really sorry, but the computer crashed while your paper was being scored. I was looking over it. It's been a while since I've read a paper, but I was wondering what the following sentence means:

    x' == 'x'; UPDATE EssayScores SET SCORE = 100 WHERE StudentID = 52835; --

    And this one:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA#!/bin/sh

    Is that some kind of new language that kids are using? Oh, by the way, congratulations, you got a 100 on EVERY essay this semester! Good job!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 07, 2003 @01:02AM (#6891393)
    This is a great leap forward for education. While it has always been the goal of geeks to submit computer-generated papers and receive decent grades, this has traditionally been hampered by the unreliability of computer-to-human communication. But with computer-to-computer submissions (henceforth referred to as "End-to-end Grading And Direction", or EGAD), we can now begin hacking away at the first generation of grade generators.

    "What I did on my Summer Vaca'; DROP TABLE punctuation"
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 07, 2003 @02:47AM (#6891687)
    How this software would probably work in real life:

    Input

    ABRAHM LINCOLN WAS BORN IN A LOG CABIN IN 1809 NAAR HODGANVILE K3NTUKY1!!!11 OMG WTF HIS PAERNTS WER3 THOMAS AND NANCY LINCOLN1!!111! WTF TEH LINCOLNS LIEVD ON TEH FARM WHERE ABRAHM WAS BORN FOR TWO YEARS

    ABRAHM!1!11! WTF LINCOLN AND HIS FMILY MOVED BY WAGON ACROS DA O RIEVR IN2 INDIANA1!!1!! OMG WTF ABRAHM WAS 8 Y3ARS OLD!1!1!!1 OMG LOL HE H3LP3D HIS FATH3R BUILD A LOG CABIN WHICH WAS R3ADY 2 LIEV IN DURNG DA WINTER OF 1817111!11 WTF LOL

    Output

    Segmentation fault: core dumped
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 07, 2003 @04:28AM (#6891887)
    "from the sounds-better-my-12th-grade-teacher dept."

    I believe that would be "from the sounds-better-THAN-my-12th-grade-teacher dept."

  • HanzoSan (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 08, 2003 @07:42PM (#6905379)
    if you're so smart how come you jumped headlong into an argument with someone nicknamed "Gay Nigger"
  • Re:HanzoSan (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 08, 2003 @07:45PM (#6905398)
    Because you're stupid Tex BigBalls! Haha, I got you GOOD! Did you see what I said? I said... I said you're STUPID!

    haha.

    Oh, man.

    Anonymity's great.
  • Re:HanzoSan (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 08, 2003 @07:48PM (#6905421)
    Yeah, well, you're Hide the Hamster! Unmasked, jackass.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 08, 2003 @07:51PM (#6905436)
    how about you have the nuts to say that to me on K5
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 08, 2003 @08:17PM (#6905627)
    YHBT! I'm pwyshall!

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