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ERIC Number: ED260082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 90
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Two Instruments for Evaluating Composition.
Barter, Alice K.; And Others
A follow-up study of two instruments for evaluating college writing was conducted. The experimental scale (E Scale) was developed in 1976 and revised for this study. The control scale (C Scale) was described in the literature in 1977. Ten English majors graded ten essays from diagnostic entrance exams. Both the E Scale and the C Scale were used, with a six-week interval between evaluations. Analysis of variables such as mean scoring time, number of Pass and Fail papers, relationship of parts of the instruments to each other, frequency of disagreement between ratings, and evaluator's comments after each rating yielded significant results. The graders agreed with their initial assessment 78 percent of the time. The failure rate was higher on the E Scale; most grade changes were from Pass on the C Scale to Fail on the E Scale. With the E Scale, grading was about three minutes faster, but this difference was not significant. Evaluators preferred to use an instrument in grading rather than to use no instrument. Overall, the results of this follow-up were consistent with the original comparative study. Both scales are appended, as well as graders' comments and a summary of the original study. (Author/GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A