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ERIC Number: ED269467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Writing, Grades Six and Eight. Report of Student Performance, 1985-86. North Carolina Annual Testing Program, Basic Skills.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Research.
This report describes the North Carolina Annual Testing Programs writing task which was administered in 1985-86. Grade six students were tested on their ability to write a clarification composition; while grade 8 students were evaluated on their skills in writing a persuasive composition. The timed composition (50 minutes) was scored by two experienced, trained readers who assigned either a score of 1, 2, 3, 4, or Non-Scorable; this was a focused holistic score based on: (1) main idea; (2) supportive details; (3) organization; and (4) coherence. A second, independent score was obtained from each reader regarding usage of standard English conventions (grammar, spelling, usage, etc.). At the sixth-grade level, the 81,155 papers were read with a perfect agreement rate of 73.4 percent. At the eighth-grade level, 86,873 papers had an absolute agreement rate of 72.8 percent. An evaluative comparison of writing scores across years cannot be made without caution because writing prompts change each year. Other factors influencing performance include change in grade level, time of year of the assessment, and emphasis within the classroom. At both grade levels there appears to be a general movement into the upper score points suggesting a positive change in writing performance since 1983-84. (PN)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Coherence, Cohesion (Written Composition), Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, Examiners, Grade 6, Grade 8, Holistic Evaluation, Interrater Reliability, Scoring, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Tables (Data), Testing Programs, Writing (Composition), Writing Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Research.