ERIC Number: ED196038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Direct Measures of Writing Skill: Issues and Applications.
Spandel, Vicki; Stiggins, Richard J.
This monograph provides educators with the fundamental knowledge needed to develop and use direct assessments of student writing proficiency. The first chapter offers a brief review of the current status of writing assessment in the United States, focusing on emerging interest in the topic over the past decade. The second chapter presents an overview of writing assessment procedures touching on (1) differences between direct and indirect tests of writing proficiency, (2) considerations in improving the quality of the assessment, (3) strategies for exercise development, and (4) alternative approaches to scoring. The concluding chapter contains a discussion of approaches for conducting writing assessments in various educational contexts. Alternative testing methods are linked to various testing purposes, and strategies are outlined for optimizing the match between the two. (FL)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 300 S. W. Sixth Ave., Portland, OR 97204 ($3.75)
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Education Lab., Portland, OR. Clearinghouse for Applied Performance Testing.