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‘Turnitin’ Adds ETS's e-rater Essay Scoring Engine

New Feature Helps Instructors Deliver Even Richer Feedback to Students on Written Work

OAKLAND, Calif. -- November 16, 2010 -- iParadigms, creators of Turnitin® and iThenticate® and the leader in originality checking and plagiarism prevention, has teamed up with Educational Testing Service (ETS) to integrate their e-rater® Scoring Engine technology with Turnitin’s GradeMark online paperless grading tools that allow instructors to mark and comment on student papers. e-rater uses natural language processing techniques and provides instructors with fast, diagnostic feedback on grammar, usage, mechanics and style to augment their assessment of student work.

“Turnitin users love our GradeMark tools because they save instructors time and allow them to deliver richer feedback to their students. Customers have, however, asked for a way to rapidly assess an essay for mechanics so they can focus on core issues related to content and development,” said Chris Caren, iParadigms president and CEO. “e-rater’s unmatched ability to provide fast, in-depth feedback allows us to offer a powerful tool to make instructors even more productive and more effective.”

“e-rater embodies more than 10 years of linguistic research and data about student writing,” said David Payne, ETS Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for College and Graduate Programs in the Higher Education and School Assessments Division. “By incorporating e-rater into Turnitin, another world leader in educational solutions, iParadigms is providing an unprecedented tool for instructors to deliver substantive and actionable feedback to students on their writing in any discipline.”

Turnitin includes three essential web-based tools for managing and evaluating written work: OriginalityCheck for plagiarism prevention, PeerMark for online peer reviewing, and GradeMark for paperless grading. ETS’s e-rater technology will be added to Turnitin’s GradeMark tools for commenting on, marking-up and grading papers. Instructors have consistently noted that using GradeMark has cut their paper-grading time by a third to a half while providing students richer and timelier feedback on their written work. Once e-rater is incorporated in GradeMark, students will receive even more enhanced feedback and suggestions so they can improve their skills in grammar, usage, mechanics and style.

“More than half of our instructors are outside of English and writing programs and have less time to correct the grammar and usage in student writing,” said Caren. “ETS’s technology strengthens Turnitin not just as the premier plagiarism prevention solution, but also as a solution that helps educators manage the entire process of assessing and evaluating written work across all subject areas.”

The e-rater capability will be integrated with the English versions of Turnitin in 2011.

About Turnitin and iParadigms LLC
iParadigms, LLC is the world's leading provider of web-based solutions for plagiarism prevention. The company's products include Turnitin®, used by educators worldwide to check students' papers for originality, for digital grading of student work and to enable web-based peer review. iParadigms' iThenticate® solution is the leader in plagiarism detection in research, publishing and other commercial markets. The company's solutions check millions of documents each month and are used in over 125 countries. iParadigms is headquartered in Oakland, CA and is backed by Warburg Pincus. and

About ETS
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

Contacts: Katie Povejsil, Vice President of Marketing, iParadigms, 1-510-764-7579,
Jason Baran, ETS, 1-609-683-2428,