This white paper is meant to help teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders articulate the general positions, values, and assumptions on writing assessment that both the National Council of Teachers of English and the Council of Writing Program Administrators jointly endorse.
Although essay questions are one of the most commonly used methods for assessing student learning, many are poorly designed and ineffectively used. Writing effective essay questions requires training and practice. There are subtle characteristics of effective essay questions that are often difficult to discern for those without adequate training. This workbook was developed to provide training and practice in discerning the often difficult to see characteristics of effective essay questions and to support educators in the development and use of essay questions.
This report provides a two-part evaluation of the IntelliMetric SM automated essay scoring system based on its performance scoring essays from the Analytic Writing Assessment of the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™). The IntelliMetric system performance is first compared to that of individual human raters, a Bayesian system employing simple word counts, and a weighted probability model using more than 750 responses to each of six prompts.
Better Writing. Better Outcomes. Write Experience. Facilitated by: Michelle Lockard and Erin Joyner, Cengage Learning Audience: This session is designed for business instructors who are interested in assessing and imporoving written communication and critical thinking skills of their students without adding to their workload.
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SAT scores for the high-school graduating class of 2011 fell in all three subject areas, and the average reading and writing scores were the lowest ever recorded, according to data released on Wednesday. The results from the college-entrance exam, taken by about 1.6 million students, also revealed that only 43% of students posted a score high enough to indicate they were ready to succeed in college, according to the College Board, the nonprofit that administers the exam. Students had to score a 1550 out of a possible 2400 to meet that benchmark, which would indicate a 65% chance of getting at least a B-minus average in the first year of college, the Board calculated.
"Google Docs are easier to comment on and return to students. My students and I also don’t need to worry about which version of a given document is attached to which email, since we share a online documents rather than exchanging files."
Preventing Plagiarism, Teaching Writing: "The Citation Project begins the process of providing descriptive data. Our team systematically studies student papers that were produced in college writing courses and that draw on sources. Our purpose is to describe how student writers use their sources. With this information, educators will be able to make informed decisions about best practices for formulating plagiarism policies and for teaching rhetorically effective and ethically responsible methods of writing from sources."
"One of the most exciting initiatives of the National Writing Project (NWP) is called Digital Is: a collection of resources, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world.”
The grade point averages of black students who participated in a reading and writing exercise went up by almost a third of a grade between their sophomore and senior years. Participants were asked to write essays and asked to illustrate their essays with stories of their own lives, and then rewrite their essays into speeches.
"In the syllabus I outline the six major assignments that students must complete during the semester. Then I ask students to create a plan for how they will fulfill those assignments, and when they will turn each assignment in. I do provide a few guidelines."
"If a computer can win at "Jeopardy," can one grade the essays of freshmen? At George Mason University Saturday, at the Fourth International Conference on Writing Research, the Educational Testing Service presented evidence that a pilot test of automated grading of freshman writing placement tests at the New Jersey Institute of Technology showed that computer programs can be trusted with the job."
"Both instructors and students alike can benefit from taking a rhetorical approach to writing in specific fields. For instructors, thinking about rhetorical elements will enable you to make visible to your students conventions of writing in your field that you have come to take for granted. For students, asking rhetorical questions of the writing tasks you’re given in each class will help you notice the differences among them and respond more effectively to each writing situation."