As a professor and a parent, I have long dreamed of finding a software program that helps every student learn to write well. It would serve as a kind of tireless instructor, flagging grammatical, punctuation or word-use problems, but also showing the way to greater concision and clarity, says Randall Stross for the New York Times. Now, unexpectedly, the desire to make the grading of tests less labor-intensive may be moving my dream closer to reality. The standardized tests administered by the states at the end of the school year typically have an essay-writing component, requiring the hiring of humans...

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