ERIC Number: EJ1023871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Measuring Students' Writing Ability on a Computer-Analytic Developmental Scale: An Exploratory Validity Study
Burdick, Hal; Swartz, Carl W.; Stenner, A. Jackson; Fitzgerald, Jill; Burdick, Don; Hanlon, Sean T.
Literacy Research and Instruction, v52 n4 p255-280 2013
The purpose of the study was to explore the validity of a novel computer-analytic developmental scale, the Writing Ability Developmental Scale. On the whole, collective results supported the validity of the scale. It was sensitive to writing ability differences across grades and sensitive to within-grade variability as compared to human-rated sensitivity. It predicted scores on the human-rated continuous scale very well. As compared to the human-rated continuous scale, it demonstrated similarly constant mean differences across ethnicity and socioeconomic status-although not for all rising grade differences or for gender. There was no genre differential across the two scales, and measurement precision was highly similar for the two scales.
Descriptors: Test Validity, Writing Skills, Computer Assisted Testing, Prediction, Scores, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Test Construction, Grade 4, Grade 8, Grade 10, Grade 12, Language Arts, Developmental Stages
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools; High Schools
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
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