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ERIC Number: ED074504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 192
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An Examination of the Computer Grading of Essays.
Slotnick, Henry Barry
A set of 476 essays written by senior high school students was graded by two sets of four judges each, representing high school English teachers and freshmen rhetoric instructors, respectively. The results of the grading were analyzed to determine the differences, if any, which existed in the scores given by the two groups. The papers were examined by a computer using 46 measures, and these measurements were then used in two distinct statistical procedures to determine their utility in predicting human quality judgments. Only 326 of the essays were used in the two strategies; the remaining essays were used to cross-validate the strategies. Verbal descriptions of several aspects of quality were collected and summarized. The summaries then provided explanations of how the computer's measurements predicted quality. Further, the grading behaviors of the judges were documented as a function of time. (Author/DI)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign