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ERIC Number: ED211976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Correlations between Holistic and Quantitative Methods of Evaluating Student Writing, Grades 4-12.
Thomas, David; Donlan, Dan
A random sample of 175 compositions on the same topic (a lost suitcase) was used in a study examining the correlations between holistic (single impression) and quantitative methods of evaluating student writing. The sample contained 25 papers from each of the following grade levels: four/five, and seven through twelve. A panel of three readers made the holistic evaluations of the papers during a regional school district writing assessment. Mean quality scores from this evaluation indicated a linear increase across grade levels in the quality of the compositions. The quality scores for the papers were then correlated with six extrinsic variables: (1) composition length (number of words), (2) number of T-units, (3) words per T-unit, (4) number of items in suitcase, (5) number of described items, and (6) number of nonclothing items. It was found that the number of words was the variable most highly correlated with quality despite grade level, and that the number of items described correlated the least with quality. Correlations showed that the six variables seemed to be independent of one another. The analyses also indicated a regression in writing abilities between the eighth and the tenth grades. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the combined Annual Meeting of the Conference on English Education and the Secondary School English Conference (Omaha, NE, March 27-29, 1980).