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The Assessment of Writing Proficiency via Qualitative Ratings of Writing Samples [microform] / Joe M. Steele
Bib ID 5371762
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Steele, Joe M
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1979 
10 p. 
Summary

The College Outcome Measures Project/American College Testing Program (COMP/ACT) Writing Assessment is described, and issues of validity and reliability in the assessment of writing samples using qualitative rating scales are explored. COMP/ACT is composed of three role-playing tasks in the social sciences, natural sciences, and arts, which are recorded on audiotapes. Evaluators are chosen for their expertise in written communication. Qualitative rating scales are used to define five levels of proficiency on three broad criteria: the degree to which the writer addresses the intended audience; the development and organization of oertinent information; and the skillful use of language. Results of several studies indicated that these scales are sensitive to various levels of proficiency and can be applied in a highly reliable manner. Increasing the number of writing samples per student to three significantly increased reliability, but increasing the number of raters beyond two did not greatly enhance reliability. Use of a refined set of training materials for raters resulted in even higher levels of reliability. (The use of analytic as well as holistic rating procedures was also explored). (Author/MH)

Notes

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (San Francisco, California, April 9-11, 1979).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adults.  |  Essay Tests.  |  Evaluators.  |  Higher Education.  |  Holistic Evaluation.  |  Performance Tests.  |  Persuasive Discourse.  |  Rating Scales.  |  Research Reports.  |  Scoring.  |  Test Length.  |  Test Reliability.  |  Test Validity.  |  Testing.  |  Writing Skills.  |  Interrater Reliability
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.  |  Reports, Research.
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