ERIC Number: ED332209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Clash between Teachers' Personal Views of Student Writing and Views Imposed by the State.
Coxwell, Deborah L.
An informal study explored the difficulties of writing teachers who are asked to set aside preferred ways of viewing student writing for state-mandated criteria when serving as evaluators for state-mandated tests, such as Florida's College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST). Twelve high school, community college, and university-level writing teachers completed questionnaires and were interviewed to determine whether they prefer intuitive or sensory perception, and to learn how they evaluate student writing. Results indicated that many writing teachers continue to focus on limited, product-based criteria. Furthermore, state-mandated testing such as Florida's CLAST essay examination could quite possibly be having an extremely negative impact on what is being taught in writing classrooms. Writing teachers who serve as evaluators of product-based writing tests are becoming increasingly comfortable with applying out-dated, product-based standards to writing, and are even finding themselves applying these standards to their own students' writing. Entire English departments are being trained in CLAST scoring strategies and are applying its limited, product-based criteria. Writing teachers should not have to set aside preferred ways of viewing student writing when asked to serve as evaluators for state-mandated tests. (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: College Level Academic Skills Test; Florida; Teacher Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).