I received an email from Dr. Ryan Baker, formerly of TC and founding president of the International Educational Data Mining Society, about a competition they are hosting later this year. The invitation reads:
We are pleased to announce a worldwide competition to use data science tools to analyze educational events in a large national test. The goal of this competition is to engage leading researchers and promising doctoral students in a Grand Challenge that pushes the field of educational data mining forward, develops metrics for measuring students’ test taking activities, and helps develop and test evaluation methods for educational analysis. Competition participants are invited to assess data produced by students early in a test to predict students’ future activities later in the test. Thus, competition participants will try to understand effective and ineffective test-taking behaviors, and to determine how quickly these behaviors can be detected. Details of the competition can be found HERE.