ERIC Number: ED237530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Institute for Educational Research Writing Skills Project.
Barrett, Barrie J.; Musial, Diann
The writing skills item bank contain 82 objectives each represented by two writing prompts with criteria for holistic scoring. Grade levels covered are one through eight. The objectives deal with aspects of composition such as grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, logic, and creativity. The "items" are writing prompts to which the student responds with a sentence or as much as several paragraphs of original writing. The scoring criteria are based on a primary trait analysis of the required writing skills. The prompts have been tested on over 3,000 elementary students and then calibrated according to the Rasch logistic model. The bank can serve as a starting point for developing tests of writing skill achievement tailored to the local district curriculum. Such tests can be used for district program evaluation, student diagnosis, competency testing, and formative or mastery testing. (Author)
Descriptors: Cohesion (Written Composition), Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Grammar, Holistic Evaluation, Item Banks, Logical Thinking, Punctuation, Test Construction, Test Items, Vocabulary Skills, Writing Evaluation, Writing Skills
Institute for Educational Research, 793 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 ($95.00).
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Research, Glen Ellyn, IL.