Robots to mark NAPLAN tests

NAPLAN, automated marking, NSW Teacher’s Federation, Les Perelman

A proposal to have robots mark NAPLAN tests has come under fire from a prominent US academic.  Les Perelman, a retired professor from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claims there are major flaws.  He believes that assessing “artistic” uses of writing are beyond automated systems.

The teachers’ union argue it is impossible for a robot to score the subjective aspects of writing.  NSW Teacher’s Federation acting president Gary Zadkovich said, “We believe that parents expect their students to be taught by teachers, and similarly they expect those teachers to assess their students’ work.”

By 2020, automated marking and testing is planned to be fully introduced.

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