ERIC Number: ED236699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Stability of Analytic Essay Scores: Implications for Diagnosis and Placement.
Shaw, Robert A.
To study the stability of students' writing performances across occasions, four essays were obtained from each of 107 college students. These were scored with an analytic system that counts errors in 18 categories. Score reliability, computed by summing the 18 categories, was .36 for a single essay and .68 for the set of four essays. Score stability for students at the top and bottom of the score distribution was considerably higher than for students in the middle. As a research tool, the score reliability coefficient, in conjunction with counts of frequency, offers a measure of the relative complexity of particular writing skills. The implications for placement are clear. The reliability of a single essay, or even four essays, is lower than required for accurate placement into writing courses. (Tables of data are appended.) (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).