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ERIC Number: ED444624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 39
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Primary Trait Scoring: A Direct Assessment Option for Educators.
Saunders, Pearl I.
The paper examines an assessment method for measuring students' writing performance. Does Primary Trait Scoring reliably and validly accomplish the administrative, instructional, and evaluative purposes of the writing assessment? The Primary Trait Scoring guide has a few underlying principles: identification of qualities of effective writing; formulation of different criteria for different tasks; recognition of variables that affect students' writing; and examination of students' performance on a variety of writing tasks/use of multiple samples. Primary Trait Scoring is based on the idea that different modes of discourse place different demands on the writer in terms of audience and purpose. Its focused nature means that scorings can be replicated quite closely, and this approach can provide diagnostic information not available with the other scoring guides. The major drawback to this system is that papers are scored for one specific primary trait although the guide may have secondary traits. If a school district seeks in-depth data about students' performance in a specific discourse, then Primary Trait Scoring is valuable. If, on the other hand, broader information is sought, then Primary Trait Scoring would not be appropriate unless provisions were made for evaluating secondary traits as well. (Contains 31 references and 3 appendices.) (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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