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ERIC Number: EJ863648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
National Assessment of Writing Proficiency among Norwegian Students in Compulsory Schools
Fasting, Rolf B.; Thygesen, Ragnar; Berge, Kjell Lars; Evensen, Lars Sigfred; Vagle, Wenche
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v53 n6 p617-637 Dec 2009
The paper reports and discusses a government-initiated nationwide assessment of writing proficiency among Norwegian compulsory school students. A sample-study of 7th and 10th grade students are discussed and reported with regard to challenges in measuring writing skills in a valid and reliable manner. For the 7th graders the results showed a greater proportion of narrative texts, and in contrast to more scientific oriented texts, was assessed as "lower than expected"; however, for the 10th graders the tendency was opposite with respect to central linguistic components. Low correlations between the raters were ascertained at both levels, indicating different views among teachers as to what can be expected of students' writing proficiency. The results are discussed in relation to the usefulness of the theoretical model as a basis for assessment of writing proficiency, as well as other obstacles to constructing valid and reliable writing tests. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 7; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway