ERIC Number: ED333449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-21
Reference Count: 0
Promises Kept and Broken: Holistically Scored Impromptu Writing Exams.
Frick, Jane; Fulton, Karen
In response to a state-wide request in 1986-87 from the governor of Missouri, public institutions of higher education undertook assessment projects related to their students' basic skills. English faculty at Missouri Western State College conducted a composition assessment project in which they used timed holistically scored writing as a means of placing students. Results were overwhelmingly negative. After three years of using the Writing Placement Exam (WPE), however, valuable modifications have been made, including streamlining the administration of the WPE. It has been argued that the greater the consequences of error in assessment, the greater the responsibility of assessors to be humane, fair, and effective. With this in mind, great caution must be exercised when viewing holistically scored timed writing as a curriculum evaluation tool. Timed holistically scored writing shows the greatest promise as a placement instrument. If used wisely, it could produce benefits for faculty, students and education that outweigh the negative aspects. (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Missouri Western College
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).