ERIC Number: ED402347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Registered Holistic Scoring Method: A Writing Handbook. Grade 11 High School Proficiency Test (HSPT11), October 1995.
New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
The New Jersey High School Proficiency Test for grade 11 (HSPT11) replaced a similar requirement for grade 9 and became a graduation requirement in October 1993. As in the past, the writing test consists of a writing sample, which assesses student abilities to write sustained discourse, and a multiple-choice portion that assesses how well students are able to read critically, revise, and edit the written text of others. This booklet focuses on the writing sample from the October 1995 administration of the HSPT11. It presents the scoring method and the criteria used to evaluate student writing, and it offers suggestions for using the scoring method and student test data to improve classroom instruction. Student writing is scored with the Registered Holistic Scoring Method (RHSM) developed by the New Jersey Department of Education in a study involving approximately 200 educators. The RHSM brings uniformity to the evaluation of writing across contents and settings by specifying four salient features of writing proficiency: (1) content/organization; (2) usage; (3) sentence construction; and (4) mechanics. In the RHSM, these features are anchored or registered by descriptions that vary for each value on the scoring guide. These values describe proficiency level on a six-point scale. Four appendixes describe test administration materials, discuss the scale points, present the scoring rubric, and contain an author's self-report form. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Grade 11, Graduation Requirements, High School Students, High Schools, Scoring, Writing Skills, Writing Tests
New Jersey State Department of Education, Publication Services, CN500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500; phone: 609-984-0905.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: New Jersey High School Proficiency Test