ERIC Number: ED205572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Guidelines for Describing Three Aspects of Writing: Syntax, Cohesion and Mechanics.
Mullis, Ina V. S.; Mellon, John C.
The approaches used by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to characterize syntax, cohesion and mechanics are described. These approaches are different from the Primary Trait System, a scheme used by NAEP for rating essays. Part one of the publication describes the procedures NAEP used to characterize differences in syntactic structures. This approach is based on an analysis of the grammatical forms in which sentences are cast. Part two describes the procedure used to rate the cohesiveness of each essay. This approach is concerned with the number and variety of devices used to link and carry forward developing ideas. Part three presents the procedures NAEP used to characterize writing mechanics. This approach accounts for matters of manuscript form. The systems used to tally error rates are essentially unchanged from those used in earlier assessments, with some refinements. (Author/GK) Procedures (Analysis) (Conceptual)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Third Writing Assessment (1979)