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This paper describes ongoing work in automated essay scoring that will extend the applicability of models that are currently used for short-essay documents (i.e., less than 500 words). Sponsored by the Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), the project would create norms for documents that might normally be found in an electronic portfolio such as critiques, self-reflective writing, reports of empirical research, and technical reports. These norms and the software are posted on a Web site and will be made available at no cost for a period of 5 years. The paper describes the project, the desired use of electronic portfolios, and the four major automated essay scoring programs: (1) Project Essay Grade; (2) IntelliMetric; (3) Intelligent Essay Assessor; and (4) e-rater. How this technology can help evaluate postsecondary general education/principles of undergraduate learning is also discussed. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/SLD)

Descriptors: Computer Software, Essays, Portfolios (Background Materials), Scoring, Test Scoring Machines, Writing Ability

Author: Shermis, Mark D.; Barrera, Felicia D.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6697&id=ED464950


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