ETS Technologies Automated Essay Scoring Will Be Part of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Online Learning Portal for U.S. Army

July 25, 2001

ETS Technologies, Inc. announced today its e-raterINTO automated essay scoring technology will be used within PricewaterhouseCoopers’ online learning portal providing U.S. Army soldiers convenient and easy access to higher education degrees and advanced training certifications.

The e-rater technology will provide online assessment of soldiers’ writing skills for those soldiers seeking higher education via the Army University Access Online program called eArmyU. Soldiers demonstrate their writing proficiency by writing an essay online before enrolling in distance-learning courses, and essays are scored by e-rater using a set of nationally defined writing standards. An important feature of the product is soldiers and counselors get their test scores within seconds.

“We’re delighted to be providing writing assessment and automated scoring services to the eArmyU program.” said Richard Swartz, CEO of ETS Technologies. “This use of e-rater is an illustration of the power of technology applied to create learning opportunities.”

EArmyU delivers educational opportunities to soldiers anywhere, any time and brings together an unprecedented collaboration of colleges and universities offering soldiers more than 60 degree programs from 24 educational institutions.

The program provides enrolled Army men and women with a comprehensive technology package, including laptop computer, printer, Internet connection and software. The eArmyU program is now offered at three U.S. Army posts and is expected to offer online courses to an estimated 80,000 soldiers over the next five years.

“We are pleased to have ETS Technologies as our online essay assessment provider for eArmyU,” said Jill Kidwell, PricewaterhouseCoopers partner. “If soldiers know how well their writing measures up to a national standard within seconds, this allows them and their counselors to make informed choices about courses quickly.”

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