ERIC Number: ED414601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Evaluating and Improving Student Writing and Writing Instruction: A Systematic Approach.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
This booklet is designed to assist schools or school systems in analyzing and evaluating student writing, writing instruction, and the writing program. The basic assumption is that improving the writing program needs to be a school-wide effort coordinated across K-12 grade levels, not an individual or isolated effort. After an overview and advice on getting started, the booklet discusses the assessment of student writing, with subsections on state writing assessments; students' writing based on criteria and benchmarks; teachers' observations, anecdotal records, and insights; and students' self-evaluation and reflections. The next section addresses assessment of writing instruction, with subsections on compiling and analyzing information and the importance of the writing process in writing instruction. The last section discusses assessment of the writing program. A list of 12 resources is attached. An appendix contains a list of 15 key factors associated with effective writing instruction; a list of 10 factors that helped a high school teacher's students do well on a state writing assessment; an evaluation guide for essays; a sample student synopsis and response to "Cyrano de Bergerac"; information regarding the assessment of writing in North Carolina; and a description of the writing program at Burlington (North Carolina) City School System (grades 3-12). (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.