ERIC Number: ED192377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-18
Reference Count: 0
Constructing Items for Assessing English Writing Skills. Technical Note.
Specifying and writing appropriate items for student writing assessments is an exacting task. All too frequently, however, teachers approach this task by reading a skill statement and hurriedly writing a few items with correct answers combined with several distractors. This approach disregards the essentials of isolating a single skill for assessment, considering whether a productive rather than a receptive skill is being assessed, guaranteeing the precision of the directions, and serving diagnostic purposes with the use of appropriate distractors. Writing accurate, appropriate, precise specifications is time consuming, but such effort by writing teachers is essential when the results of the project may be used in miminum competency testing. (Nine items--each listing the skills statement, grade level, and the sample item--are offered as illustrations of the difficulties inherent in the construction of test items for writing assessments.) (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.
Note: For related documents see CS 205 894-898.