Study Finds Teachers may not be Responsible for the Subpar Student...

Study Finds Teachers may not be Responsible for the Subpar Student Performances

By Education Technology Insights | Wednesday, February 26, 2020

If automation replaces the conventional process in the education industry, teachers will get more time to educate students in a creative manner.

FREMONT, CA: PlagScan, the safeguard of academic integrity worldwide, sees the currently published OECD Study as an affirmation to intensify its quest for fair and equal education standards through its software. The OECD Study concludes that only one out of four students across all OECD countries can fully understand the meaning of the text they are reading.

By automating the process of finding uncited phrases and copies, as well as analyzing students' literacy and writing skills, teachers will obtain more time to nurture and foster students' abilities: literacy Skills and the Need to Understand a Text Before Writing One's Assignment. Currently published PISA study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on the state of literacy, mathematical and scientific skills of students in primary and secondary education draws a stagnating growth of specific skills across all OECD countries.

Understanding the Pressure of Teachers

Educators do teach in school, but they also need to assess and grade student's performances. While 95 percent of all students across the OECD can access the web connection at home, teachers often face uncertainty if texts are entirely written by the student that claims it. In times of unlimited and free resources on the internet that can be copy/pasted into assignments, students will definitely opt that option. 

Plagiarism detection software is not yet implemented in schools. To detect plagiarized content, teachers usually copy suspicious phrases into a search engine and hope to uncover the source on the internet. This process takes away a lot of time that could be dedicated to really evaluate a student's work. By automating the task of finding copied phrases and passages, teachers will get to understand the level of student's literacy.

 Stylometry - More Than Authorship 

Verification when checking every student's assignment that is digitally submitted to a teacher, PlagScan's software is also able to detect if the text was written by the student at all. Given the alarming increase in so-called 'essay mills' online, as well as parents, siblings, or friends that are willing to write a document for weaker students, authorship verification will also support teachers in their quest to detect cheating students easily.

Fair and Equal Education Standards 

Kunz-Gehrmann, CMO of PlagScan, says that by catching students that try to take a shortcut, teachers support them in their individual development. Only if students learn to understand and then write text entirely by themselves, they can develop into creative writers and critical thinkers.

The OECD Study is a tool to evaluate the current status of our education systems, and then do everything that is needed to provide every student with adequate education to unravel their full intellectual potential.

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