ERIC Number: ED194612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Examination Handbook for the Writing Subtest of the Florida Teacher Competency Examination. Volume One of Five.
Brossell, Gordon, Hoetker, James
The writing examination package is divided into three volumes: Examination Handbook (present volume), Training Manual, and a Ratings Manual. The volumes are interdependent, and all three must be understood before using the Training Manual to train raters. The Examination Handbook provides a context for the other two volumes. It gives a general description and background of the holistic approach to evaluating examination essays, and provides discussion of matters such as test preparation, rater selection, reliability computations, developmental uses of data from the first administration of the examination, and possible research uses of the examination essays and ratings. Major recommendations include that: (1) the form of holistic evaluation to be used is "general impression marking;" (2) the assignment format consist of at least six optional topics; (3) the examinees be given a minimum of 45 minutes to write the essay; (4) teams of 3 raters, all having backgrounds as high school writing teachers, be used to score essays; and (5) cutoff score be "5" on a scale running from "3" to "12." (Author/RL)
Descriptors: Competency Based Teacher Education, Cutting Scores, Elementary Secondary Education, Essay Tests, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluators, Higher Education, Holistic Evaluation, Minimum Competency Testing, Student Evaluation, Teacher Certification, Test Construction, Test Format, Writing (Composition), Writing Evaluation, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Florida; Florida Teacher Competency Examination; Interrater Reliability
Note: For related documents, see TM 800 744-47.