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ERIC Number: ED347572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 3
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Portfolio and Test Essay: The Best of Both Writing Assessment Worlds at SUNY Brockport. ERIC Digest.
Brand, Alice G.
The principal goals of the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport's large-scale writing assessment are to determine if a writing program actually helps students to write better and, if so, whether that growth can be measured during the college years. Portfolio assessment has become an attractive alternative to single-test essay at SUNY Brockport. If such an assessment technique seems premature at the placement level, once students are on campus portfolios make sense as an outcomes measure. A commonplace phenomenon confounds the writing program at Brockport: well over 1,000 transfer students (with markedly uneven writing skills) enter every year. A second tier of required writing was established at the "rising-junior" (second semester sophomore and incoming transfer students). In the absence of resources to support multiple measures of writing, alternating the single-test essay and portfolio offers the best of both worlds. (RS)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Indiana University, 2805 E. 10th St., Suite 150, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - General; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Bloomington, IN.