ERIC Number: ED455271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Delaware Student Testing Program: Report on Special Writing Study.
This study invesitigated possible reasons for the low performance on the text-based writing assessment of the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) in 2000, especially for grades 3 and 5, and considered ways to improve classroom instruction. In the first part of the study, a panel of teachers reviewed the anchor papers from the assessment and the process of testing. Panel members rescored the anchor papers of a given grade independently and then worked in a small group to discuss and finalize their scores. In the second part of the study, a second panel of teachers participated in a rescoring session for a sample of 100 text-based writings per grade, scoring students' writings holistically and analytically using the five-point scoring rubric. Both panels also reviewed the directions for administering the test and test booklets. Results of the study are reported in the categories of: (1) the process of testing; (2) construct validity evidence; (3) text-based writing scoring; (4) text-based writing development; and (5) text-based writing instruction. In each of these categories, some possible explanations for student performance were identified, including the introduction of a new text-based writing task at each grade level in 2000, as exemplified by the change from persuasive writing to informative writing at grade 3. The paper cautions that the study was done rapidly and that much additional research is needed, focusing on the stability of scores over time and the processes of reader training and scoring. Attachments contain the scoring rubric, instructions for the anchor paper review, rescoring directions, a list of panel members, correlation matrices, and records for the rescoring. (Contains 14 tables, 4 figures, and 8 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Delaware State Dept. of Education, Dover. Assessment and Accountability Branch.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Delaware Student Testing Program