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Machine Scoring in the Assessment of Writing - Previous Revision

NCTE opposes the use of machine scoring in the assessment of writing. Such use devalues and eliminates the social and contextualized nature of writing. The machines’ practical shortcomings trump the benefits of expediency. Writing is a valuable human communication and must remain as such.


NCTE member Les Perelman discusses using computer to grade writing:

Computers Grade Essays Fast . . . But Not Always Well 
     (Morning Edition, National Public Radio) 
Facing a Robo-Grader? Just Keep Obfuscating Mellifluously 
      (The New York Times)


Position Statements

Writing Assessment  
     (Conference on College Composition and Communication)
Teaching, Learning, and Assessing Writing in Digital Environments  
     (Conference on College Composition and Communication)


Journal Articles

Grading Student Writing: High-Stakes Testing, Computers, and the Human Touch  
     (English Journal)
What Happens When Machines Read Our Students’ Writing?
     (College English)



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