ERIC Number: ED377520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
"This Is My Best": The Report of Vermont's Writing Assessment Program, Pilot Year 1990-91.
Vermont State Dept. of Education, Montpelier.
A study examined the background, methods, and results of the pilot year of Vermont's Writing Assessment program. Students and teachers from 46 Vermont schools were invited to participate in the 1990-91 pilot year of portfolio assessment. Students in grades 4 and 8 chose samples of their best writing from the school year. Each portfolio was evaluated by two teachers from schools other than the writer's own. Students' best pieces were evaluated separately from the portfolios. All students in the writing program also completed a Uniform Writing Assessment task. Five "dimensions" of writing were developed into assessment criteria: purpose, organization, details, voice/tone, and usage/mechanics/grammar. Results indicated that: (1) many Vermont students wrote well; (2) many students could write better; (3) fourth graders generally performed best on the "best piece"; and (4) eighth graders did best on the uniform assessment. Correlations between eighth-grade students' responses to general information questions and levels of writing performance demonstrated the negative impact of television, the positive impact of reading, the effectiveness of writing across the curriculum, and teaching writing as a process. Observations and evaluations by teachers involved in the pilot year can be summed up with one teacher's comment made in the final phase of the project, "I've been meaning to tell you--it hasn't been that bad!" (Contains 6 unnumbered tables of data and 10 unnumbered bar graphs of data. Appendixes present lists of committee members, schools, writing resource centers, and consultants; general information questions; the uniform writing assessment; and editing suggestions.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vermont State Dept. of Education, Montpelier.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont