ERIC Number: ED351373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Primary Assessment Program Writing Moderation Booklets: A Report of the Survey of their Usage and Usefulness.
Abbott, Jeannie, Comp.
To determine the appropriateness of existing writing assessment instruments, to set directions for future assessment, and to ensure that assessment instruments are consistent with the requirements of the new English curriculum of the Northern Territory (Australia), teachers were sampled to determine how they used the booklets of moderated writing samples in 1991 and to gain other information about their regard for the moderated writing samples. A survey questionnaire was sent to teachers in years 5 and 7 in 71 schools and to various administration officials. A total of 86 teachers responded. Teachers believed, as they had in a 1989 survey, that the booklets containing the moderated samples and the framework of descriptors provided for assessment are useful resources for assessment of student writing. Nevertheless, many teachers did not know of or did not have access to the booklets. Year-7 teachers made more use of the booklets than did Year-5 teachers. Informal discussions made it clear that teachers are interested in having access to collections of moderated samples of early childhood student writing. With full implementation of the new curriculum and annual system-wide moderation of student writing at years 5 and 7, use of the moderated samples will probably increase. The booklet survey is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Teachers, Evaluation Utilization, Foreign Countries, Grade 5, Grade 7, Grading, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Mail Surveys, Questionnaires, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Writing Achievement, Writing Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Territory Dept. of Education, Darwin (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Northern Territory); Consensus Moderation; Teacher Surveys; Writing Samples