ERIC Number: ED210283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Speaking Assessment, 1981. Final Report.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Bureau of Research and Assessment.
The Bureau of Research and Assessment developed a two-staged approach for assessing speaking skills. All students were to be initially rated by two of their current classroom teachers- (teacher observations). A limited number of students would be assessed by a rater in a focused measure of student performance (one-on-one ratings). The purpose of the 1981 study was improvement of materials used to train teachers and individual raters. Training materials were substantially revised. Reliability of teacher ratings and individual raters were studied. The one-on-one rating was found to be a more valid measure of speaking skills. It is the preferred method because it is standardized and a reliable measure when administered by trained, approved raters. Results can be reviewed because the measure is obtained in a controlled setting. If necessary, ratings can be conducted by an outside agency and can be audited and verified. The one-on-one rating measure is not ready for dissemination at this time. Training materials need more revision and the method for determining whether raters will be reliable needs to be expanded and tested. (DWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Bureau of Research and Assessment.
Identifiers: Basic Skills Improvement Policy (Massachusetts)