Turnitin Acquires AI-Assisted Grading Startup, Gradescope

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Turnitin Acquires AI-Assisted Grading Startup, Gradescope

Oct 3, 2018

SMART GRADING: Turnitin, the company best known for its plagiarism-detection tools, has acquired Berkeley, Calif.-based Gradescope, a developer of AI-assisted grading technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 2014, Gradescope claims usage by instructors across over 600 schools, including Georgia Tech, UC San Diego and Carnegie Mellon University. Its technology doesn’t grade assignments directly; rather, it groups similar answers into batches that human graders can scan, review and grade in a more efficient manner. The tool is currently tailored for responses that include numbers, code or short text (but not full-length essays).

In a blog post, Gradescope says its team will stay together following the acquisition. The company has raised $5.3 million in venture funding, mostly recently in a $2.75 million round this June.) More details in the press release.

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