Getting Started

About Utah Compose

Utah Compose is a web-based writing program designed to help students in grades 3-12 develop effective writing skills and maximize teacher instruction. This online writing tool gives educators and students unlimited access to custom writing prompts, electronic graphic organizers, automated scoring, instant feedback, portfolios, and interactive student tutorials.

Utah Compose is powered by Project Essay Grade, or PEG, an automated scoring technology originally developed by Dr. Ellis Batten Page and purchased by Measurement Incorporated in 2002. PEG is the industry's most researched AI system and has been used by MI to provide more than two million scores to students over the past five years. PEG is currently being used by one state as the sole scoring method on the state summative writing assessment, and we have conducted pilot studies with three other states. In addition, PEG is currently being used in 1,000 schools and 3,000 public libraries as a formative assessment tool. Using advanced, proven statistical techniques, PEG analyzes written prose, calculates more than 300 measures that reflect the intrinsic characteristics of writing (fluency, diction, grammar, construction, etc.), and achieves results that are comparable to those of human scorers in terms of reliability and validity.

About Measurement Incorporated

Measurement Incorporated™ (MI) is a full-service educational company that provides achievement tests and scoring services for state governments, other testing companies, and various organizations. Since its founding, MI has earned and continues to uphold its reputation as the industry leader in providing professional handscoring services for essays and open-ended exams. MI was established in 1980 by Dr. Henry Scherich in Durham, North Carolina.


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