ERIC Number: ED236224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jul-22
Reference Count: N/A
The Assessment of Composition Skills. Pre/Post Results: Group I.
Wilson, Morris D.
The initial stimulus for measuring the composition skills of students in the Des Moines (IA) Independent Community School District came in 1980-81 when the school board adopted a goal for the year which stated: "The district should have school programs that improve pupils' competency in written expression." The intent of the original writing assessment evaluation design was to provide pre/post assessments for two groups of students in order to determine if satisfactory growth in composition skills was being realized. The instrument, a copy of which is in Appendix A, was administered to 2,198 ninth-grade students in September 1981, and to the same students in May 1983. The 1982-83 freshman class has also been pre-tested, and will be post-tested in May 1984. Each student's essay was scored holistically and in terms of six specific composition traits (holistic, development, organization, language choice, sentence structure, and mechanics). The average scores across all six scales showed moderate overall gains for the first group of students, but further analysis revealed that around 40 percent of the individual students failed to show any progress on five of the six score scales. (BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.