Automated Support for Student Writing

Educational technology is failing to provide tools for writing in the classroom in a way that benefits actual teachers. The current practices of automated essay scoring are focused heavily on summative, standardized testing. When they do give formative feedback, it emphasizes mechanics and grammar over content and literary awareness of elements like genre, audience awareness, and argumentation. That’s not enough  – especially with the upcoming shift to Common Core and the increased workload it represents. LightSide is developing tools that really work in schools, based on conversations with teachers and direct classroom experience. Our mission is to improve writing skills. We’re doing that with our flagship writing platform, the Revision Assistant, and with our automated scoring product, LightBox, which provides truly customizable and open access to the education industry.

A sea change is coming in educational technology. LightSide is enabling other businesses and institutions to grow to support writing in online learning, higher education, overseas markets, and other domains. We’re supporting teachers directly in the classroom. We’re looking forward to working with you.

Our Products

Classroom writing support for English Language Arts teachers in grades 6-12. Piloting this spring with over 2,000 students in Pennsylvania and New York, and opening up to everyone in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Transparent access to the state-of-the-art in automated essay scoring, customized to your teaching model, your writing prompts, and your rubrics, hosted in the cloud and embedded in your applications.

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