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|'Measurement Inc., which uses Ellis Paige's PEG (Project Essay Grade) software to grade papers all but concedes that students in classrooms where the software has been used have been using the BABEL generator or something like it to game the program. Neither vendor mentions that the same software is also being used to grade high stakes state tests, and in the case of Pearson, is being considered by PARCC to grade Common Core essays.'
Les Perelman, former director of undergraduate writing at MIT has been a persistent critic of machine-scored writing on tests has previously demonstrated that students can outwit the machines and can game the system. He created a machine called BABEL, or Basic Automatic B.S. Essay Language Generator. He says that the computer cannot distinguish between He says that the computer cannot distinguish between gibberish and lucid writing.