Computers Used to Grade West Virginia Student Essays
Thousands of essays written by West Virginia students are largely going unread by human eyes.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that a vast majority of responses for the writing portion of the West Virginia Educational Standards Test are being graded by a computer.
Education officials say the essays written on computers are sent to the state’s testing vendor that grades the essays using a computer program.
The program was developed using more than 10,000 essays written by students and graded by teachers.
That allowed the program to determine what the teachers valued in essays.
In a matter of seconds, the program can assess essays on six points: organization, development, sentence structure, word choice and grammar usage, and mechanics.
Officials say there are checks in place to maintain grading accuracy.