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Hi Dani, I have used scoring essay software several times this school year. I have mixed feelings on the results. Pros: Alleviates you spending weekends scoring 150 essays. Students are able to receive scores instantly.
Cons: If the software does not recognize the material, it registers as U= unable to score. For example, students had to write an essay about the most significant advancement in technology and for those that chose GPS, their essays were U = unable to score.
Overall, I ended up going back to hand scoring...
My school is a middle school, but we use Learnia Folio. We get the prompt from the company and we send our essays out, but in previous years, students could write the essays online and get immediate feedback. I think they switched to sending them out because at the middle school level in my disadvantaged district, students found it difficult to compose and type at the same time.
I have found that the scoring was more rigorous than I would have done. It graded essays on individual components of the Registered Holistic Scoring Guide as well as giving the essay an overall score. I thought it was great tool but because of the turn around with sending it out, it was less useful. Many of my students have a much higher opinion of what they had written than the score that was assigned. But again, it highlighted areas that needed improvement. Excellent resource.