Want to earn $100,000 and improve K-12 education at the same time?
Then get a team together and enter the Hewlett Foundation's contest
focusing on automated scoring of student essays. The goal is to accelerate innovation in computer-based essay scoring to make complex questions more feasible for state tests. High costs and delays in scoring essay questions make most states opt only for multiple-choice questions.
Both the PARCC
assessment consortia are supporting the competition.
The competition will proceed in two phases. The first phase will focus on existing vendors and platforms for computer-based essay scoring, to characterize the state-of-the-art for consideration in the development of the actual competition.
The second phase, which opens later this spring and runs through April, will be open to the public and is a competition to see who can develop algorithms which most approximate human scoring results.
If this is a nut that can really be cracked, the implications (and applications) are enormous. And there's nothing like a big fat check to spur innovation...-Rob Rickenbrode