ERIC Number: ED328594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
More than a Decade's Highlight? The Holistic Scoring Consensus and the Need for Change.
A balanced appraisal of holistic scoring of writing is presented via: examination of the present popularity of holistic scoring; analysis of several weaknesses associated with the holistic scoring method; and recommendations for remedying these weaknesses. Six reasons for the popularity of holistic scoring are: (1) relative lack of expense; (2) efficiency; (3) reliability; (4) the appeal of a holistic approach; (5) awareness of child development; and (6) invariance of score point descriptions. The weaknesses of holistic scoring are largely those of: lack of time for test takers or scorers; problems of interrater reliability and score scale consistency; inappropriate developmental principles; and the need for more open communication about the tests and the scoring. The overall thrust of this paper is that the popularity of holistic scoring is justified. Furthermore if its weaknesses are dealt with in a joint fashion by publishers, researchers, and educators, holistic scoring will become a better assessment tool for future research. A 26-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, January 24-26, 1991).