Who Needs Teachers When You've Got Robots to Grade Essays?
The Times Educational Supplement (TES) reported that Pearson had developed an artificial intelligence program that can assess the use of grammar and vocabulary in essays. A representative from Pearson told TES that the system was just as accurate as a human marker, but removed variables like fatigue and changes in mood. The program was created by analyzing how human scorers marked tests, but academics, teachers, and common sense says that a machine will never be able to pick up on the small quirks that make for quality writing.
John Bangs, head of education at the National Union of Teachers, told the Guardian that the expansion of electronic assessments, "could be a disaster waiting to happen." We're inclined to agree. The quality of an extended written answer is far too subjective to be judged by the cold unforgiving eye of a computer. Unfortunately automated scoring of written exams and essays becoming the norm is more a matter of when, not if. [From: TES and the Guardian]