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Curriculum Pathways from SAS Creates Stronger Writers with AI and Machine Learning

Free Writing Reviser Add-In Now Available for Microsoft Word

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The makers of Curriculum Pathways, free interactive learning resources from SAS, are equipping more students and adults with powerful tools to make them more effective and compelling writers. Curriculum Pathways Writing Reviser, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze writing and highlight areas for improvement, can now be added to Microsoft Word in just a few simple steps.

Many US students continue to struggle with writing, which can have far-reaching effects. The most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress found that three-quarters of 8th and 12th graders lack proficiency in writing. The inability to write clearly and with purpose undermines a student’s work in nearly all subjects and often requires remediation at the college level.

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Adding Writing Reviser to Microsoft Word will help educators cultivate more precise and expressive writers.

“We are excited that with this integration, students can transform prose with the new Writing Reviser add-in,” said Eran Megiddo, Corporate Vice President of Education for Microsoft. “This is a natural integration that supports addressing the needs of teachers and learners.”

A stalwart in the world of education, Microsoft Word is the word processing program of choice around the globe. It is one of the many Office 365 resources available for free to educators.

Writing Reviser is among the most popular resources from Curriculum Pathways, a philanthropic division of analytics company SAS. Curriculum Pathways is used by more than 4 million teachers and students worldwide at no cost. Writing Reviser is one of more than 1,800 free tools, resources and apps covering English language arts, mathematics, sci­ence, social studies and Spanish.

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Former English teachers have joined forces with experts in AI to advance the algorithms in Writing Reviser to identify potential areas for improvement in writing. By learning to spot problems like passive voice, run-on sentences, weak verbs and wordiness, students become more effective and persuasive communicators.

Whether bolstering an essay’s argument, justifying a math result or explaining complicated science concepts, all students can benefit from more economical, varied and powerful writing. The Microsoft Word add-in enables students to call up Writing Reviser while they work.

“Many educators do not have the time to focus on writing fundamentals while trying to teach other subjects,” said Scott McQuiggan, Director of Curriculum Pathways at SAS. “Writing Reviser eases that burden, helping students think like seasoned writers. They can simply launch the tool at any point in the writing process, giving them instant feedback powered by AI. Writing Reviser doesn’t fix student writing; instead, we focus on making students better writers.”

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