ERIC Number: ED199758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-30
Reference Count: 0
The Scoring of Writing Samples: A Study.
Although the design of the writing task itself may present assessment problems, the scoring of the piece of writing raises the greatest difficulties for large-scale testing of writing ability. A study investigated whether teachers and staff members of the Southwest Regional Laboratory (SWRL) (1) scored the same way, (2) agreed with each other in scoring, and (3) agreed with themselves when rescoring the same writing sample. Writing samples from 263 third grade and 248 sixth grade students were obtained from the 1980 composition section of the Survey of Essential Skills administered by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Samples were evaluated by the SWRL-developed methods. Results indicated that teachers and SWRL scorers highly agreed on their ratings. Even greater agreement was found among SWRL scorers alone, and when the SWRL scorers rescored writing samples, they were highly consistent in their scoring. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.