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Florida To Use Computer Graders for Written Portion of Common Core Assessments

Florida will use computer graders to help assess the written portion of standardized tests that will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT) as Common Core testing begins.

According to reporting in State Impact, the written portion of the tests will still be graded by a human, but a computer grader will replace the second human grader that FCAT currently uses. The computer grade will only matter if it is significantly different than the grade the human arrives at.

Currently, Florida students take FCAT writing exams just three times, in grades 4, 8 and 10. Once Common Core assessments begin in 2015, students will take writing exams every year.

Using computers as the second grader for written exams is projected to save the state $30.5 million over 6 years.

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