ERIC Number: ED258973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Student Writing.
Reidy, Edward F., Jr.
This evaluation of writing in the West Hartford CT Public Schools was part of a large evaluation of English/Language Arts. To provide information for program improvement and growth, the evaluation focused on six issues: (1) the extent of implementation of West Hartford's Composition Program; (2) how teachers use the Composition Program in their classrooms; (3) teachers' concerns about program implementation; (4) the extent of improvement in students' writing achievement from grade three to grade twelve; (5) identification of writing strengths and weaknesses within representative grades; and (6) how the writing achievement of West Hartford's 17 year-olds compares to that of advantaged, urban, 17 year-olds nationally. Data were collected through (1) teacher questionnaires and structured interviews; (2) representative samples of student compositions written by all students in grades three, five, seven, nine and twelve on the same topic; (3) best pieces of writing submitted by representative student samples from grades four, eight, and twelve; and (4) persuasive essays by all twelfth grade students on a National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) writing assessment topic. Results indicated West Hartford Students of all ability levels were learning to write effectively. Data analyses will be used in staff seminars to examine individual and group instructional practices. (BS)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Essay Tests, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Improvement, Interviews, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Test Results, Writing (Composition), Writing Evaluation, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Hartford Public Schools, CT.