ERIC Number: ED263621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
SLATE, v4 n1 Feb 1979
One of a series dealing with current issues affecting language arts instruction, this paper focuses on writing evaluations. The paper begins by noting that any practical discussion of the evaluation of writing must address the question of how to obtain reliable, informative judgments about students' writing. The paper then discusses the purposes for evaluating writing: to find out what students need to do in order to become better writers, to make predictions about students' chances of doing well in subsequent writing courses, and to find out how well students are doing currently. This is followed by a discussion of what teachers expect of student writers, and what kinds of skills they want the students to develop. The paper concludes with a list of six basic requirements for an evaluation of writing: (1) provide students with writing tasks; (2) ask readers to make judgments about the quality of students' writing; (3) demonstrate that these judgments are reliable; (4) examine more than one piece of writing; (5) remember that the schools' primary obligation is to improve student writing, not merely to evaluate it; and (6) develop a good program for teaching writing. (HOD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Note: SLATE (Support for the Learning and Teaching of English) Newsletter, a publication of the NCTE/SLATE Steering Committee on Social and Political Concerns.