A Guide to College Writing Assessment by Brian Huot, Peggy O'Neill, Cindy Moore

By Brian Huot, Peggy O'Neill, Cindy Moore

Whereas so much English pros think pleased with language and literacy theories, evaluate theories appear extra alien. English execs usually don’t have a transparent realizing of the foremost ideas in academic dimension, comparable to validity and reliability, nor do they comprehend the statistical formulation linked to psychometrics. yet figuring out evaluate theory—and utilising it—by people who are now not psychometricians is necessary in constructing worthwhile, moral checks in university writing courses, and in analyzing and utilizing evaluation effects.

A consultant to school Writing Assessment is designed as an creation and resource e-book for WPAs, division chairs, lecturers, and directors. continuously cognizant of the serious parts of specific instructing contexts, O’Neill, Moore, and Huot have written subtle yet obtainable chapters at the background, thought, software and history of writing overview, and so they supply a dozen appendices of useful samples and types for a number universal overview wishes.

simply because there are various assets to be had to help school in assessing the writing of person scholars specifically study rooms, A consultant to school Writing evaluation focuses on techniques to the types of review that sometimes ensue outdoors of person school rooms: placement overview, go out exam, programmatic overview, and college overview. so much of all, the argument of this ebook is that developing the stipulations for significant university writing review hinges not just on knowing the historical past and theories informing evaluation perform, but in addition on composition courses availing themselves of the whole diversity of accessible overview practices.

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Theory is practice, a practice of a particular kind, and practice is always theoretical. The question is not whether we have a theory . . but whether we are going to become conscious of our theory. (1994, 15) Writing assessment literature, as scholars such as Gere (1980) and Faigley, Cherry, Jolliffe, and Skinner (1985) have said, has long focused on articulating practices while the theories that inform the practices remain tacit. In this chapter, we aim to articulate the theories, both formalized schools of thought as well as more informal beliefs and assumptions, informing teaching and assessment practices to argue that effective, appropriate writing assessments need to be theoretically consistent with what linguists and educators know about language, literacy, and learning and what psychometric scholars posit about testing and assessment.

2005). The impact of an untested and unexamined belief in test scores outweighs any other evidence (Moss 1996; Rogers 2003) in making important educational decisions about students. At the college level, SAT and ACT scores are still considered significant factors in admission decisions at most universities and four-year colleges, with many using these scores in composition placement. With the revised SAT and its writing section (multiple choice and timed essay) there is potential for standardized tests to have a greater effect on access and curriculum through placement.

1994, 15) Writing assessment literature, as scholars such as Gere (1980) and Faigley, Cherry, Jolliffe, and Skinner (1985) have said, has long focused on articulating practices while the theories that inform the practices remain tacit. In this chapter, we aim to articulate the theories, both formalized schools of thought as well as more informal beliefs and assumptions, informing teaching and assessment practices to argue that effective, appropriate writing assessments need to be theoretically consistent with what linguists and educators know about language, literacy, and learning and what psychometric scholars posit about testing and assessment.

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