ERIC Number: ED220513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-May-31
Reference Count: N/A
Writing Samples, Scoring Keys, and Scoring Guides: A Pilot Study.
A pilot study was undertaken to develop appropriate writing samples for assessment of composing tasks, to examine the utility and time requirements of scoring keys, particularly regarding their consistency and objectivity, and to study the efficacy of scoring guides. Five classes from second to sixth grade in a school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) participated in the study. The numerical equivalents assigned to the scores enabled staff to determine the appropriateness of the composing tasks on the basis of the students' success. Four of the five composing tasks, designed to be parallel to the LAUSD Surveys of Progress in Essential Skills, were appropriate. The scoring keys facilitated rapid scoring of the writing samples on a consistent and objective basis. Scoring the writing samples was not a time-consuming process, averaging less than 3 minutes per sample. These results confirm the feasibility of writing samples for large-scale assessment. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.