As you know if you teach at a U.S. public school, a consortium of state boards of education recently decided that we should have uniform standards about what we teach our kids. Hence, the alliteratively-named “Common Core curriculum” is here.
While you probably know that this curriculum is going to bring with it an increase in standardized testing, what you might not know is that the curriculum is also going to bring with it a strong push to have computers grade student writing.
As I write this, about a half-dozen companies are vying for government contracts to do just that. Each of them has brought together a team of statisticians, linguists and computer programmers to produce the best possible software capable of automatically grading essays.