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LANSING (AP) - Essay tests could soon take a high-tech
twist in Michigan classrooms.
State education officials want to launch a pilot project this
school year that would use a computer program to grade essay
tests. The futuristic technique first may be tested with a rela-
med tively small group of sixth-graders, but if it succeeds, it could
Ico. be ramped up statewide.
Using computers instead of people to grade essays could
- save time and money, educators say. It also could help stu-
dents become better writers because computers can provide
But the plan faces skepticism from those who say the
human element should remain in essay evaluation. Educators
do not doubt the computer software's ability to grade spelling
and punctuation, and say it would save time for teachers, who
often are stuck grading essay questions after school on their
But they have misgivings about the computer program's
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Jamey Fitzpatrick is interim president of Michigan Virtual
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be relieved, rather than worried, about the new technology.
"We are not looking to eliminate classroom teachers. We
are looking to make their jobs easier," he said. "From our
understanding, this is becoming a more mature technology. It
no longer is a technology in its infancy."
Indiana is considered a national leader in using the technol-
ogy. The state uses a computer program to grade some end-
of-the-year algebra tests and English exams for high school
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juniors, who type in their answers on keyboards.
Indiana ran a two-year pilot program - with computers
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the computer program to grade essays that measure whether
students are making the adequate yearly progress required
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Indiana spends more than $1 million a year on the project,
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A handful of companies have developed software to grade
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Sixth-grade classrooms will be selected for the pilot soon,
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puter should not be a problem.
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students during the pilot project.
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