ERIC Number: ED369092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Conventions of Language Study--English 30 Diploma Examinations January and June 1993. Major Assignment: Literature Composition 3-Satisfactory on Matters of Convention.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Student Evaluation Branch.
A study examined the issue of language correctness in Alberta's English 30 diploma examination papers written in January and June 1993 which received a score of "satisfactory" on matters of convention. A total of 160 papers (which received either a score of "satisfactory" on all scoring categories, scores of "limited" on thought and detail but satisfactory on matters of convention, or scores of "proficient" on thought and detail but satisfactory on matters of convention) were selected at random. Five English 30 teachers, all experienced diploma exam markers, read the essays and classified the errors in each of the papers. Results indicated that graduating students can spell quite well even under trying conditions, but that: (1) the kinds of problems that emerged were syntactical and semantic problems not easily "corrected" or even identified by people who are not highly trained; and (2) the kinds of error that confused meaning created more havoc than surface or "cosmetic" errors. The reviewers and a group of teachers who had just completed marking the June 1993 exams drafted a revision of the scoring guide based on these findings. The revised criteria for "Matters of Convention" were renamed "Matters of Correctness" and are quite specific. (Contains seven tables and two figures of data; the conventions of language study grid, the original scoring guide, and the revised scoring guide are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Student Evaluation Branch.
Identifiers: Alberta Grade Twelve Diploma Examinations; Error Monitoring