Daily Archives: 2012/04/23

Robo-grading English Compositions

Source: Inside Higher Ed, Apr 2012

The study, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, compared the software-generated ratings given to more than 22,000 short essays, written by students in junior high schools and high school sophomores, to the ratings given to the same essays by trained human readers.

The differences, across a number of different brands of automated essay scoring software (AES) and essay types, were minute. “The results demonstrated that over all, automated essay scoring was capable of producing scores similar to human scores for extended-response writing items,” the Akron researchers write, “with equal performance for both source-based and traditional writing genre.”

Malaysia’s decline (as measured by TIMSS) 2003-2007

Source: UNESCO, May 2011

Malaysia’s rankings (from 2003 to 2009) for the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies. The source is a 2011 UNESCO report (http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0019/001931/193184e.pdf). Emphasis added. 

We can safely assume that UNESCO is a reliable and trusted source of education expertise because the Ministry of Education has signed an MOU for UNESCO to help review Malaysia’s education policy. 

Malaysia’s decline in math & science scores (1995-2007)

Source: RealOnlineDegrees website, date indeterminate

Science Scores

Math Scores