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Automated, Personalized Formative Feedback for Student Writing with the LightSide Revision Assistant

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: EDIES14C0045
Agency Tracking Number: EDIES14C0045
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-12-31
Small Business Information
5888 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15232-
DUNS: 079200266
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Elijah Mayfield
 (202) 208-1983
Business Contact
 Elijah Mayfield
Research Institution
The project team is developing a prototype of the LightSide Revision Assistant, a web-based writing program for students in grades 6 to 8. The product will include an interface where students write essays and receive instant and automatic feedback, including in-line comments. Feedback will support students using an iterative revision and reflection process when writing, in contrast with existing tools, which only emphasize grammar checking and surface-level edits. The project team will investigate the feasibility of using the automated essay scoring system. In the Phase I pilot research, the team will examine whether the prototype function as planned, if teachers are able to integrate it within the classroom environment, and whether students are engaged.

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