Paper: An Automatic Scoring System For Advanced Placement Biology Essays

ACL ID A97-1026
Title An Automatic Scoring System For Advanced Placement Biology Essays
Venue Applied Natural Language Processing Conference
Session Main Conference
Year 1997
Authors

This paper describes a prceXype for automatically scoring College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Biology essays. I. The scoring technique used in this study was based on a previous method used to score sentence-length responses (Burstein, et al, 1996). One hundred training essays were used to build an example-based lexicon and concept granunars. The prototype accesses information from the lexicon and concept grammars to score essays by assigning a classification of Excellent or Poor based on the number of points assigned during scoring. Final computer-based essay scores are based on the system's recognition of conceptual information in the essays. Conceptual analysis in essays is essential to provide a classification based on the essay content. In addition, computer- generated information a...