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Texas is replacing thousands of human exam graders with AI

Source: The Verge - All Posts

Article note: Holy shit that's a terrible idea.
Illustration of a robot brain.
The TEA expects to save between $15 and $20 million per year by using its new “automated scoring engine.” | Image: The Verge

Students in Texas taking their state-mandated exams this week are being used as guinea pigs for a new artificial intelligence-powered scoring system set to replace a majority of human graders in the region.

The Texas Tribune reports an “automated scoring engine” that utilizes natural language processing — the technology that enables chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT to understand and communicate with users — is being rolled out by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to grade open-ended questions on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams. The agency is expecting the system to save $15–20 million per year by reducing the need for temporary human scorers, with plans to hire under 2,000 graders this year compared to the...

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