In June 2009, the Long Beach Public Schools district in New York launched a pilot program to reduce the amount of time teachers spend scoring New York State student assessments. Using Optimum Solutions Corporation’s (OSC) Educational Assessment Scoring Environment (EASE), Long Beach teachers electronically scored the constructive responses and essays for 300 eighth-grade social studies exams in just a few hours, versus a day or more with the previous system.
The process involves scanning student test booklets and uploading images of their responses into the scoring software. Scorers view the images online and assign scores electronically, reducing paper shuffling and teacher distractions.
The pilot project went so well that in November of that year it was expanded to include the Nassau Board Of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES), which partnered with 14 other districts to score 5,000 fifth-grade social studies exams. In May 2010, the program was expanded once again, to score several thousand English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams for grades 3 through 8.