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ERIC Number: ED460147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 11
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The University Writing Requirement: A Study of the Reliability of Scores.
Sultana, Qaisar
This study examined the reliability of scores assigned to the essays written by Kentucky students to meet the University Writing Requirement (UWR) at Eastern Kentucky University. Two sets of essays, 50 each, on the same prompt that had been read and scored in 1989 and 1997 by trained UWR scorers were read by 7 UWR scorers in 2000. A correlation was performed between the initial scores and the scores assigned in 2000. Correlation coefficients of 0.49 and 0.78 respectively were found between the 1989-2000 and 1997-2000 scores. Both correlations were positive. The correlation between 1989-2000 scores was weaker than the correlation between 1997-2000 scores. It appears that the reliability of scores among the UWR scorers was weaker over an 11-year period (1989-2000) compared to a 3-year period (1997-2000). It is concluded that the reliability of scores among UWR readers was going down with the passage of time. UWR policy, scoring rubric, and writing prompt statement are appended. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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