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ERIC Number: ED409570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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One District's Approach to Improving Student Writing: A Study of Fourth Grade 1991-92 and 1994-95 Kentucky Writing Portfolios.
Ladd, Pam Leneave; Hatton, Sharon Crawford
A study examined student writing portfolios to determine improvement of student writing due to instructional changes under the guidelines and standards established for the Kentucky Writing Program. A random sample of 1991-92 and 1994-95 fourth-grade portfolios were analyzed, 10% from each of the 8 elementary schools in the Muhlenberg County school district. To assess the writing at four performance levels (novice, apprentice, proficient, and distinguished), the Kentucky Holistic Scoring Guide uses six criteria: (1) purpose and audience; (2) idea development and support; (3) organization; (4) sentences; (5) language; and (6) correctness. A survey of teachers and district personnel provided additional input regarding instructional changes responsible for these improvements. Results indicated significant gains in students' writing skills and the instruction they are receiving in their classrooms. The greatest improvement was reduction of the number of novice scores from 74.7% in 1991-92 to 10.7% in 1994-95. Over the same 4-year period, the apprentice scores increased from 22.65% to 64.69% and the proficient scores from 2.65% to 23.92%. Findings suggest marked improvement in focused purpose and audience awareness, and enhancement of idea development and organization, with the most noted improvement in sentences, language, and correctness. Overall, student writing became more expressive and imaginative. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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