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STTR Phase I: Academic Assessment within a Community of Evolving Learners

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National Science Foundation
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Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Children's Progress
108 W 39th St. 1305 New York, NY 10018
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: STTR Phase I: Academic Assessment within a Community of Evolving Learners
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0637713
Award Amount: $149,680.00


This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project involves experiments in conducting learning and assessment processes in parallel, by using agent-based and machine learning techniques to achieve the following objectives: (1) to evolve curricular paths through a knowledge domain automatically, (2) to match human peer-learners for collaborative learning experiences, (3) to embody non-human (agent) peers for tutoring interactions, (4) to predict possible learning outcomes resulting from a range of interventions, and (5) to provide animated visualizations of learners as a means of data reporting. The resulting prototype system will demonstrate state-of-the-art in assessment technology and has the potential to change the face of assessment in schools across the country. As schools nationwide are confronted with increased testing due to 'No Child Left Behind' policies, the prototype developed by the proposed work could become an indispensable tool for use in any elementary school. If the research demonstrates, as predicted, that a parallel approach to learning and assessment can be effective, then state standardized tests could adapt this methodology. Students will not sacrifice regular in-class learning time for test-taking. In addition, the multi-user, distributed nature of the particular application described within the proposal has far-reaching implications, as students can interact with each other across the country, expanding their circle of learning peers not only beyond the walls of their own classrooms and schools, but beyond the borders of their own states.

Principal Investigator:

Christopher J. Camacho

Business Contact:

Christopher J. Camacho
Small Business Information at Submission:

Children's Progress
108 West 39th Street 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE New York, NY 10018

EIN/Tax ID: 134121485
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
CUNY Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11210 1887
Contact: Elizabeth I. Sklar
Contact Phone: (718) 951-5000
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university