Vantage Learning, ACER partnership for student assessment

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Vantage Learning, global provider of online assessment tools and instructional writing solutions, will provide computer-based essay scoring using Vantage's patented IntelliMetric technology for the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER), an educational research center.

Under its Application Programming Interface (API) Partnership agreement, Vantage, with global headquarters in Newtown, Pa., US, will integrate its IntelliMetric technology into ACER's Web-based English Language Skills Assessment (ELSA) to instantly score students' essays and provide diagnostic feedback to teachers and administrators to help them identify areas for student improvement.

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'We are extremely pleased to partner with ACER,' says Paul Edelblut, Vice President of Vantage Learning. 'ACER's achievement model, based upon individual success stories of students, is very similar to ours. Being chosen by such a prestigious institution is an honour, and speaks volumes about the quality and reputation of our IntelliMetric scoring engine.'

Vantage's patented IntelliMetric engine is recognised as the most accurate, automated writing assessment system in the industry. It uses artificial intelligence to instantly score essays to open-ended and constructed-response questions with documented levels of accuracy and reliability exceeding that of human scorers. IntelliMetric consistently applies the pooled knowledge, or scoring rubric, of expert scorers to the essays it receives.

ACER Project Director Mark Butler is excited about the new venture. 'With advances in Web-based delivery technology and innovative systems like IntelliMetric, ACER is now able to offer an assessment instrument that provides an instant snapshot of a student's English language ability, which is both reliable and affordable,' he says. 'We are changing the way English language skills are assessed.'

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