ERIC Number: ED343154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Exploring New Methods for Collecting Students' School-based Writing: NAEP's 1990 Portfolio Study.
This report describes the procedures used to collect, describe, and evaluate school-based writing in a special pilot portfolio study conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to explore portfolios as an alternative method of assessing students' writing achievement. The report has three main purposes: (1) to explore procedures for collecting classroom-based writing from students around the country; (2) to develop methods for describing and classifying the variety of writing submitted; and (3) to create general scoring guides that could be applied across papers written in response to a variety of prompts or activities. The report is divided into four chapters. Following an introduction, the first chapter describes the writing received from the students and information from participating teachers about the activities that generated the writing. Chapter 2 explains the procedures used to evaluate the writing students submitted as well as the results of this evaluation. Chapter 3 compares the results of the NAEP 1990 writing assessment with the analysis of participants' school-based writing samples and summarizes the lessons learned from the portfolio study. Chapter 4 contains a set of sample papers, further illustrating how the evaluative guides can be applied and presenting a sense of the range and depth of writing received from participating students. Appendixes contain information on demographic characteristics and on students' performance by process strategies. (SR)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Grade 4, Grade 8, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Portfolios (Background Materials), Teacher Role, Writing Achievement, Writing Evaluation, Writing Research
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Assessment of Educational Progress, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Childrens Writing; National Assessment of Educational Progress; Student Centered Assessment
Note: Student writing samples are largely handwritten and reproduced in colored ink.