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ETS and Great Source Team Up on Co-branded Criterion Online Writing Evaluation

Posted May 30, 2006
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ETS and Great Source Education Group have announced a collaboration intended to help students improve their writing skills. Great Source, a division of Houghton Mifflin Company, will market and distribute subscriptions to a co-branded version of ETS's Criterion Online Writing Evaluation.

 The Criterion service, part of ETS's System 5 suite of K-12 products and services, is an online learning tool that uses automated scoring technologies to evaluate student essays online. The service helps instructors more quickly evaluate student writing skills by scoring essays that students submit and providing annotated diagnostic feedback in real time about the use of grammar, usage, mechanics, style, and organization and development, according to the announcement. Teachers set the parameters for each assignment and can provide feedback on student essays in the form of pop-up notes or comments posted on a private message board.

 The co-branded version of the Criterion service will complement Great Source's Write Source program, and include custom prompts, level-specific handbooks, traits support, and graphics directly aligned with Write Source textbooks. Starting this August, schools and districts that purchase subscriptions through Great Source will get Write Source's new features coupled with the Criterion service's existing program to advance writing progress.

 For more information and an online tour of the Criterion service, visit

Source: ETS,; Great Source Education Group,

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