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ERIC Number: ED048844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 18
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A Procedure for Assessing Students' Ability to Write Compositions.
Cohen, Arthur M.
This investigation developed a procedure for scoring English compositions that would be simple enough for use by junior college instructors with minimal statistical assistance, and still yield data that would allow sound inferences regarding student placement procedures and assessment of instructional effects. Twenty-one instructors from 14 junior colleges developed a scoring key that included 19 dichotomous criteria and learned to use it reliably. They collected pre- and post-compositions from students in their classes during the first and last week of the fall semester, and scored the compositions without their knowing the student's name, course level, institution, or whether the composition was a pre- or post-sample. Comparing class means, significant differences were found between remedial and transfer groups and between pre- and post-test performance on item clusters relating to "content" and "organization," but not on "mechanics." The procedure was found to be feasible for use in departmental settings. (Author/CA)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Educational Research Association, April 29-30, 1971, San Diego, California