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ERIC Number: ED350351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Report of Student Performance: Writing, Grades 6 and 8. 1991-92.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
As part of the state's annual assessment program, a writing essay has been administered to North Carolina students in grades 6 and 8 for 9 years. Each year compositions are graded by readers trained to apply criteria uniformly. A focused holistic score from one to four reflects the criteria of main idea, supporting detail, organization, and coherence. A plus or minus score is used to assess use of standard English conventions. Sixth graders had to name a place and explain why it is special. There were 83,902 sixth-grade essays; 57.4 percent of the sixth graders wrote well enough to score at or above the scale midpoint, compared to 31.9 percent in 1984. About 9.5 percent of the sixth graders received the highest scores of 3.5 or above. About 70 percent showed a reasonable command of English conventions, while 11.8 percent were deficient. Eighth graders wrote a persuasive composition. Of the 80,010 essays, about 57.8 percent scored at or above the scale midpoint. About 10 percent scored in the highest category, and about 14 percent scored a 1.0 or 1.5, compared with 63.2 percent in 1983. About 71 percent showed a reasonable command of English conventions, but nearly 12 percent were deficient in English usage. Writing scores compared to last year improved slightly at grade 6 and declined slightly at grade 8. Regional skills were in line with state averages, but scores for individual school districts varied widely. Ten tables, 20 figures, and an appendix of 65 charts are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
Identifiers: North Carolina