Student Performance


Job Losses Hurt How A Community's Children Perform In School, Study Says

International Business Times

Plenty of research has documented the adverse impact of a parent's sudden job loss on the average child, in terms of mental health and economic prospects. A 1 percent sudden statewide loss in jobs affects 1.5 percent of students directly -- and indirectly led the remaining 98.5 percent of students to experience "learning losses ... that are about one-third the size of those experienced by children whose parents lose jobs." More specifically, that 1 percent job loss lowered the state's eighth-grade math test scores by 0.057 standard deviations, an amount roughly the same size as the increase that results from intervention efforts intended to boost test scores. "What I see as one of the main points in our study is that the effects on people who lost their job or the children of people who lost their jobs -- there are spillover effects," said Dania Francis, one of the study's authors and an assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


News site makes readers answer questions to prove they understand story before posting comments

The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


Study links brain test scores to athletic success

Daily Mail

A study in Sweden found that top-tier adolescent soccer players outperform the general population on'executive function' tests, which assess the processes that regulate thought and action, such as problem solving and multi-tasking. The study in Sweden found that top-tier soccer players, even at a young age, outperform the general population on'executive function' tests, which assess the processes that regulate thought and action, such as problem solving and multi-tasking. The researchers used a number of tests, including the Color-Word Interference Test and Trail Making Test to assess the link between athletic success and executive function. A study in Sweden found that top-tier adolescent soccer players outperform the general population on'executive function' tests, which assess the processes that regulate thought and action, such as problem solving and multi-tasking.


Software Called Aristo Can Take on High School Science Exams

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Aristo is being developed by researchers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle, who want to give machines a measure of common sense about the world. You can see Aristo answer selected fourth-grade questions at the Allen Institute website. "What's difficult for humans is very different from what's difficult for machines," says Davis, who also works on giving software common sense. Etzioni counters that although school test questions don't directly test very basic common sense, they require it implicitly, because it is needed to interpret the questions.


New algorithm could mean the end of exams

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Researchers from Stanford University and Google in California have developed a new algorithm that aims to understand students' individual learning abilities. Researchers from Stanford University and Google in California have developed a new algorithm that can understand students' individual learning abilities. The team, led by Chris Piech at Stanford, used deep learning to train the program on student capabilities and question types. The team, led by Chris Piech at Stanford, used deep learning to train the program on student capabilities and question types, according to New Scientist.


Pymble Ladies' College using data to track students' performance

ZDNet

With a focus on numbers to measure a student's success flagged as passé, Justin Raymond, Dean of Curriculum Innovation at Pymble Ladies' College in Sydney, has implemented an analytics platform at the all-girls school that tracks an individual to monitor their overall performance. As part of the digital journey at the school, Raymond implemented a platform that tracks students "from functioning to thriving", gathering their performance data from each teacher and class the student is in. The concept of sharing data on a student was a big paradigm shift for the school; Raymond said teachers would previously keep that information for themselves and share it on occasion with parents. He said that the school is now dabbling with business insights and its existing dashboards to gain further insights into each individual student's learning journey, and is also working with its dashboards from an enrolment perspective to be able to gain a better insight into areas such as where each student resides "It's about really making the most of our big data sets and being proactive," he said.


My Computer Is an Honor Student -- but How Intelligent Is It? Standardized Tests as a Measure of AI

AI Magazine

Given the well-known limitations of the Turing Test, there is a need for objective tests to both focus attention on, and measure progress towards, the goals of AI. In this paper we argue that machine performance on standardized tests should be a key component of any new measure of AI, because attaining a high level of performance requires solving significant AI problems involving language understanding and world modeling - critical skills for any machine that lays claim to intelligence. In addition, standardized tests have all the basic requirements of a practical test: they are accessible, easily comprehensible, clearly measurable, and offer a graduated progression from simple tasks to those requiring deep understanding of the world.


Automated Essay Evaluation: The Criterion Online Writing Service

AI Magazine

In this article, we describe a deployed educational technology application: the Criterion Online Essay Evaluation Service, a web-based system that provides automated scoring and evaluation of student essays. Criterion has two complementary applications: (1) CritiqueWriting Analysis Tools, a suite of programs that detect errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics, that identify discourse elements in the essay, and that recognize potentially undesirable elements of style, and (2) e-rater version 2.0, an automated essay scoring system. Critique and e-rater provide students with feedback that is specific to their writing in order to help them improve their writing skills and is intended to be used under the instruction of a classroom teacher. All of these capabilities outperform baseline algorithms, and some of the tools agree with human judges in their evaluations as often as two judges agree with each other.