ERIC Number: ED358480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Alternative Assessment Measures for Nontraditional Students.
Sacken, Jeannee P.
To assess the written and verbal communication skills of the approximately 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students attending the College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a real challenge. The only way for most of these students to satisfy the College of Business' general writing competency requirement was to take the Test of Standard Written English (TSWE). The TSWE is controversial: the format and layout of the test make questions difficult for any student to read; the purpose of the TSWE is not to assess students' writing competency but to assist in the placement of students into first-year writing courses of varying degrees of difficulty; and experience has show little correlation between TSWE scores and actual performance and grades earned in writing or other courses. Groups of faculty and administrators developed an alternative essay exam for deaf students and identified and normed alternative objective tests to the TSWE. The essay exam allows students up to two-and-one-half hours to compose an essay on their choice of one of two business-related topics. In four years of testing, approximately 40% of the deaf students passed. Three tests were selected for further study and research: the New Jersey Writing Test, the Written English Expression Placement Test, and the Test of Written English. The process of validating an appropriate alternative to the TSWE is not completed. The college has opted to discontinue use of the TSWE for their hearing students as well. (A copy of the essay test is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Standard Written English