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ERIC Number: ED326883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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A Practical Alternative to Holistic Grading: One Proven Method.
Best, Linda; And Others
The grading standard of the Language Skills Center at the State University of New York (Geneseo) has been adapted from the Diederich-French-Carlton Composition Scale and is designed so that instructors may respond objectively to student writing in six important areas: ideas; organization; vocabulary; sentence structure; punctuation; and capitalization. In addition, the scale is divided into two main concerns. The two parts of the scale complement each other and stress, first, the communication of ideas and the reactions to those ideas and, second, the editing and revision of the essay for the niceties of conventional grammar. For the writer the scale provides an objective, clearly defined editorial voice which pinpoints concrete areas of strengths and weaknesses that can be readily comprehended. The instructors retain their humanistic approach, but the response is supported by obvious and understandable guidelines which suggest a common and shared method of effective communication recognized by both instructor and student. The main advantage of freshman testing using a writing sample scored on an analytical scale is the feedback provided: when a student enters the classroom, instructors (using the six categories) know what his or her writing weaknesses are. Another advantage is the practice of reading in pairs, which helps cut down on reader fatigue and ensures more objective grading. The only disadvantage is the cost and time involved to rate the papers; on balance, however, this method effectively identifies students with writing difficulties and provides direction for their instruction. (MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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