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ACTNext | Navigator

Nov 21, 2019

In this episode of ACTNext Navigator podcast, we’ll go under the hood of ACT's automated essay scoring engine, CRASE+.

Our guests are Erin Yao and Scott Wood. They’ve been working for many years on CRASE+, a product acquired in 2014 when ACT purchased Pacific Metrics. CRASE+ is a writing assessment tool that begins with human graders to develop a rubric. Data from human graders is used to train the automatic grading on a large scale.

We discuss CRASE+, automated scoring, the challenges of automated scoring using natural language processing, and how to address the biases in human graders.

Scott has a book chapter coming out in February 2020, "Public perception and communication around automated essay scoring," in the Handbook of Automated Scoring: Theory into Practice.

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