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Glencoe Online Essay Reader

 

An essay grader or a paper grader is an easier way for students to evaluate how well-written their papers are before turning them in or to shorten grading time for teachers. Most of these exist in online essay grader format where you input your specific assignment requirements and measure whether or not the student fulfilled them or not.

Others exist in an essay rater format where a student’s essay is evaluated by their language use, transitioning, spelling, and grammar. If you’ve been looking for something to “grade my essay,” here are a few online sources that you may find particularly valuable. Earlier, students simply had to wait to get their papers returned to them to know if they were any good or not. But today, many students have simply searched, “check my essay” and have seen how their papers could be improved before final submission.

One such free online source is PaperRater.com. With PaperRater, students or teachers can perform grammar and spelling checks, get free proofreading, check for plagiarism, check for style and word analysis, see what the essay’s readability statistics are, see if the title is relevant, and even build up their vocabulary with their online vocabulary building tool. While these are all wonderful free online tools, there are a number of drawbacks that users have found with PaperRater. It takes a long time for papers to load and its accuracy is not the best. Some users found that simple mistakes, like spelling, capitalization, and other punctuation errors were missed. Therefore, while it may not be the best online paper grader, it will give you a brief analysis of where you stand with your paper.

Paper Rater

A great source for teachers is EssayTagger.com. This site helps teachers to grade essays faster by cutting down on time they spend writing the same commentary over and over. It is not an auto grader because it only cuts down on repetitive teacher’s remarks. To use, simply enter in the necessary rubric in the wizard. You must tag the student’s “thesis” or central idea and then customize all the other necessary elements. This program automatically alerts teachers if something is awkwardly worded and can indicate where in the text the student struggles. EssayTagger is a free online source and has been met with mostly positive reviews.

If you prefer an app to do all the same functions as the above-listed programs then Apple’s Essay Grader app is for you. While it’s not free, it is available at the reasonable price of $6.99. This app allows you to avoid repetitive commentary, customize any commentary, and save it in the app. You can also customize column labels, discipline, rubric, and grading style. Most users were generally pleased with the product, though they found the given commentary from the program to be over-the-top at times.

For students seeking to improve their writing and for teachers and school administrators wanting to monitor their students’ progress, the Glencoe Online Essay Grader is a great tool. As a teacher, you can provide assignment instructions online with reporting tools designed to improve student performance. It also has individualized automatic scoring so you can adjust it to suit your specific needs. Additionally, grade-level appropriate prompts can be assigned from the Glencoe Literature series. It also has great writing tools for students to help them improve their writing skills by analyzing them with quantitative scores. Additionally, teachers and school administrators can monitor how students’ writing skills are improving within a particular class, school, or even district. The price for the Glencoe Online Essay Grader could not be found, though it is doubtful that this is a free product given all its capabilities.

While all the above-mentioned products are designed with students and teachers in mind, the GMAT Essay Rater at GMATAWA.com is there to assist future business school students to improve their GMAT test scores. The GMAT or Graduate Management Admission Test is used to assess a person’s skills in analytical writing, quantitative sciences, reading, and verbal areas. This works by the person choosing an argument and then requesting an attempt code. Once you have the attempt code, enter in or copy paste your essay, attempt code, and then receive your results. Since there is an attempt code, there is likely a set number of attempts that people are allowed.

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These are all wonderful tools for improving your writing skills as a student or to shorten essay grading time if you are a teacher. Other great educational tools include QuickGPA.com that allows you to calculate GPA online. If you are searching for a scientific calculator online, there is no better choice than the Desmos Graphing Calculator that can also be used as a Google Chrome app.

With so many wonderful educational programs and apps online, you simply can’t lose!

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About the Prompts

How many writing prompts are available for students?
Can I develop my own prompts using the Glencoe Online Essay Grader?
How do I create my own prompts?
What types of writing do the writing prompts cover?
Can Glencoe Online Essay Grader prepare my students for state writing assessments?


About the Student Module

What writing tools are available to students using the Glencoe Online Essay Grader?
Do my students have to type their essays directly into Glencoe Online Essay Grader?
Can students save their essays in Glencoe Online Essay Grader?
Can students submit the same essay more than once?
How long does it take for the Glencoe Online Essay Grader to score an essay?
What types of feedback do students receive after submitting an essay?


About Scoring

What scoring rubrics are used to score the essays?
How are essays submitted to Glencoe Online Essay Grader evaluated?
How is the computer trained to score student essays?
Does Glencoe Online Essay Grader rubric align to my state's writing assessment rubric?
How does Glencoe Online Essay Grader determine whether to score an essay on a four-, five-, or six-point scales?
How does Glencoe Online Essay Grader score essays with highly unusual writing styles?
Can Glencoe Online Essay Grader detect plagiarism?
Does the length of an essay affect its score?
How does Glencoe Online Essay Grader scoring compare to the way teachers grade writing?
What if I disagree with a score given by the computer?


About Reporting

What reports are available to teachers through the Glencoe Online Essay Grader?
Can a teacher tag students with specific demographics information to help with running disaggregated reports?


About the System Requirements

PC Student Module
PC Admin Module
Macintosh Student Module
Macintosh Admin and Reporting Systems Module
Minimum Technical Specifications


About Ordering

How can I order the Glencoe Online Essay Grader?
What should a teacher expect after ordering the Glencoe Online Essay Grader?


About the Prompts

How many writing prompts are available for students?

An unlimited number of prompts are available using the Glencoe Online Essay Grader. Glencoe currently provides 33 additional writing prompts.

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Can I develop my own prompts using the Glencoe Online Essay Grader?

Yes! You can use the SkillWriter Essay Builder Wizard to easily create narrative, expository, descriptive, or persuasive essay assignments that will be automatically scored on a either a four-, five-, or six-point scale.

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How do I create my own prompts?

Using the SkillWriter Essay Wizard, you can create your own prompts in an instant. First, choose the type of essay you'd like to assign and the appropriate rubric point scale against which it will be scored. Next, enter the prompt and the number of sections that they essay should contain. Finally, name each section of the essay (i.e. introduction, body, and conclusion) and optionally provide instructional hints for your students to view as they draft each section of the essay.

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What types of writing do the writing prompts cover?

The following writing modes are included in the Glencoe Online Essay Grader prompts: autobiographical narrative, personal narrative, biographical sketch, persuasive writing, editorial, descriptive writing, research report, letter, responding to literature, literary analysis, literary criticism, and critical review.

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Can Glencoe Online Essay Grader prepare my students for state writing assessments?

Teachers can assign essays in either instructional mode or in testing mode. In the instructional mode, the Glencoe Online Essay Grader Tutor and section hints help improve student writing. In testing mode, students do not have access to the various writing tools. Regardless of the assignment mode, teachers can run various benchmarking reports that track student and class progress over time and allow teachers to effectively target assignments and instruction. Finally, essays can be scored on either a four, five, or six point scoring scale to match your state assessment.

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About the Student Module

What writing tools are available to students using the Glencoe Online Essay Grader?

In addition to providing holistic and six trait numerical and narrative feedback, the Glencoe Online Essay Grader provides valuable tools to improve student writing. To assist students with the writing process, we offer essay-specific section hints, a spell-checker, a thesaurus, and graphic organizers. The Tutor function provides individualized feedback by section and by sentence and suggestions for improving grammar and mechanics. Students can also view student model essays for each writing mode, and click on a fully annotated interactive model essay for further writing instruction. Teachers can also provide additional instruction to students in the Teacher Comments section.

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Do my students have to type their essays directly into Glencoe Online Essay Grader?

No, students do not need to compose their essay in the online application. Students may compose their essays in a word-processing, e-mail, or text-editing program and then copy and paste them into the Glencoe Online Essay Grader interface. However, students may wish to draft their essays in the application to take advantage of the powerful writing tools embedded within the program.

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Can students save their essays in Glencoe Online Essay Grader?

Students can save their essays prior to submitting them. This way, students can take several sessions to effectively complete the writing process.

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Can students submit the same essay more than once?

Yes, students are able to revise, edit and re-score previously submitted essays, but only if the essay has been reassigned to the student by the teacher.

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How long does it take for the Glencoe Online Essay Grader to score an essay?

The actual scoring of an essay takes no more than a few milliseconds.

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What types of feedback do students receive after submitting an essay?

Students receive several types of feedback on their essays, including a holistic score, six trait scores, and narrative feedback in each of the six writing traits.

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About Scoring

What scoring rubrics are used to score the essays?

Glencoe has developed a rubric for each essay mode. These rubrics were developed based on the rubrics employed in standardized state writing assessments.

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How are essays submitted to Glencoe Online Essay Grader evaluated?

SkillWriterSM, an Internet-based application developed by Bookette Software, evaluates essays submitted to Glencoe Online Essay Grader. Founded in 1990, Bookette Software is an educational assessment software development company with headquarters in Monterey, California. Bookette specializes in developing scaleable software to build, administer, score and report on-going assessments for schools, districts, states, and worldwide education systems.

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How is the computer trained to score student essays?

In order to train SkillWriterSM to effectively, automatically score student essays, essay prompts are administered in real classrooms by real teachers like you. Then, expert human scorers use the rubrics generated by Glencoe to evaluate and provide both analytical and holistic numerical and narrative feedback for each essay. These essays along with the associated scores and feedback are then used to "train" a set of neural networks to react to student essays like an expert human scorer.

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Does Glencoe Online Essay Grader rubric align to my state's writing assessment rubric?

Glencoe has developed a rubric for each essay mode. These rubrics were developed based on the rubrics employed in many standardized state writing assessments. In addition, essays can be scored on four-, five-, or six-point scoring scales.

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How does Glencoe Online Essay Grader determine whether to score an essay on a four-, five-, or six-point scales?

All essays can be scored on four-, five-, or six-point scales. The teacher can decide which scoring scale should be employed for any given assignment.

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How does Glencoe Online Essay Grader score essays with highly unusual writing styles?

When the network encounters an essay written in a highly unusual style, the network tags the essay to be reviewed by an independent human reader.

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Can Glencoe Online Essay Grader detect plagiarism?

No. However, the Glencoe Online Essay Grader can detect duplicated responses and will flag essays written in unusual styles.

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Does the length of an essay affect its score?

Yes, the length of an essay may affect its score. For example, a very short essay may not demonstrate proficiency in certain writing traits and the assigned scores and feedback will reflect this.

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How does Glencoe Online Essay Grader scoring compare to the way teachers grade writing?

The Glencoe Online Essay Grader mimics the grading behavior of teachers. The network looks for characteristics of an essay and evaluates each characteristic against the criteria established for each point on the scale. While the expert human scorers evaluate the essays used to calibrate the network may vary from therefore you have the ability to override the computer-generated score.

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What if I disagree with a score given by the computer?

Teachers may override system scores if you do not agree with the scores generated by the program. While we employ expert human scorers to train SkillWriterSM, you may employ different grading standards. A computer application does not replace what you do as a writing teacher; rather it provides valuable writing tools to your students and powerful reports to you, saving you time and helping you to differentiate instruction.

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About Reporting

What reports are available to teachers through the Glencoe Online Essay Grader?

The Glencoe Online Essay Grader offers teachers a variety of reports at the group and individual student level. Teachers can also run reports on their entire student population. Individual reports include: Performance by Test, Performance by Standard, Gain, Test Ticket, Etc.

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Can a teacher tag students with specific demographics information to help with running disaggregated reports?

Yes, the Glencoe Online Essay Grader provides teachers with easy to define tag groups. Teachers can then create assignments and run disaggregated reports for these Tag Groups.

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About the System Requirements

PC Student Module
Hardware / SoftwareMinimumRecommended
Desktop PCPentium 4 ProcessorPentium 4 Processor
DevicesKeyboard and MouseKeyboard, Mouse and Speakers
Memory (RAM)256 MB512 MB or greater
Web BrowserInternet Explorer 5.5 / Firefox 1.5 / Netscape 7x or higherInternet Explorer 6.0 / Firefox 2.0 / Netscape 8x or higher
DisplayAny VGA or better monitor capable of 1024x768 resolution or better15” SVGA with 1024x768 resolution
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PC Admin Module
Hardware / SoftwareMinimumRecommended
Desktop PCPentium 4 ProcessorPentium 4 Processor
DevicesKeyboard and MouseKeyboard, Mouse and Speakers
Memory (RAM)256 MB512 MB or greater
Web BrowserInternet Explorer 5.5 / Firefox 1.5 / Netscape 7x or higherInternet Explorer 6.0 / Firefox 2.0 / Netscape 8x or higher
DisplayAny VGA or better monitor capable of 1024x768 resolution or better15” SVGA with 1024x768 resolution
Adobe AcrobatAdobe Acrobat Reader 4 or higherAdobe Acrobat Reader 4 or higher
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Macintosh Student Module
Hardware / SoftwareMinimumRecommended
MacintoshApple Macintosh running Classic 9.XApple G4 Macintosh running OS 10.3 or higher
DevicesKeyboard and MouseKeyboard, Mouse and Speakers
Memory (RAM)256 MB512 MB or greater
Web BrowserNetscape 7x or higher / Internet Explorer 5.1.7 for OS 9x / 5.2.3 for OS XNetscape 7x or higher / Internet Explorer 5.1.7 for OS 9x / 5.2.3 For OS X / Safari 2.0 or Firefox 1.5
DisplayAny VGA or better monitor capable of 1024x768 resolution or better15” SVGA with 1024x768 resolution
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Macintosh Admin and Reporting Systems Module
Hardware / SoftwareMinimumRecommended
MacintoshApple Macintosh running Classic 9.XApple G4 Macintosh running OS 10.3 or higher
DevicesKeyboard and MouseKeyboard, Mouse and Speakers
Memory (RAM)256 MB512 MB or greater
Web BrowserNetscape 7x or higher / Internet Explorer 5.1.7 for OS 9x / 5.2.3 for OS XNetscape 7x or higher / Internet Explorer 5.1.7 for OS 9x / 5.2.3 For OS X / Safari 2.0 or Firefox 1.5
DisplayAny VGA or better monitor capable of 1024x768 resolution or better15” SVGA with 1024x768 resolution
Adobe AcrobatAdobe Acrobat Reader 4 or higherAdobe Acrobat Reader 4 or higher
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Minimum Technical Specifications

The following specifications are indicative of minimum and recommended performance attributes for networks. Bookette recognize that all facilities will not have immediate access to the recommended network configurations:

Network AttributeMinimumRecommended
LAN Connectivity Building/Facility Bandwidth10MB, 256KB100 MB, T-1 Line (1.54MB)
Desktop Bandwidth56K128K or Better
Routers and SwitchesNetwork HubsCisco 2600 and 2900 Series
Wiring and CablesCAT-5Fiber Backbone to the Switches
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About Ordering

How can I order the Glencoe Online Essay Grader?

You can order the Glencoe Online Essay Grader online, by mail, or by phone. Contact Us.

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What should a teacher expect after ordering the Glencoe Online Essay Grader?

The teacher will need to provide the following information: teacher name, teacher e-mail, number of classes taught, grade level of each class, and the number of students in each class. Once Bookette has received this information, the administrator and/or teacher's site code, login, and password, along with student logins and passwords will be provided to the teacher or administrator via email.

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