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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-
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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
quicker feedback.
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
own time.
But they have misgivings about the computer program's
- ability to evaluate content, which often is subjective and sub-
les,.
ject to debate.
"We would hate to see the human element eliminated from
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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
and trained human readers simultaneously grading essays -
to test the computer program's merits. Indiana does not yet use
the computer program to grade essays that measure whether
students are making the adequate yearly progress required
under federal law, but that could be done in the future.
"The response has been good," said Jason Bearce, a spokes-
man for the Indiana Department of Education. "We are learn-
ing as we go, but we feel it has definite advantages."
Indiana spends more than $1 million a year on the project,
but state officials say it eventually will save them money as
the system matures.
A handful of companies have developed software to grade
essay tests, and they say several states, including Michigan,
have inquired about following Indiana's lead.
"The question is whether it's reliable enough to be used
for a high-stakes test," said Jeremy Hughes, chief academic
officer for the Michigan Department of Education.
Until the state figures that out, Michigan's pilot project will
be limited and will not involve grading essays that are part
of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, the state's
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Even when computers are used, the essays also will be
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Sixth-grade classrooms will be selected for the pilot soon,
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puter should not be a problem.
Teachers must agree to attend training to use the computer
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students during the pilot project.

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