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ERIC Number: EJ868853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
The Development and Implementation of Task-Based Writing Performance Assessment for Japanese Learners of English
Sugita, Yoshihito
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v13 n2 p77-103 2009
The main purpose of this research is 1) to establish a framework for the test development and the constructs of writing performance test, 2) to implement a developed writing performance assessment, and 3) to examine the degree of reliability and validity of the assessment tasks and rating scales. Construct-based processing approach to testing resulted in a comprehensive framework for our test development. Accuracy and communicability were defined as constructs, and the test development proceeded according to the three stages. The test was conducted as an examination into the assessment tasks and rating scales, and the analyses were done using FACETS. The results showed that 1) the difficulty of the two tasks and the impressionistic scoring were considered equivalent, which provided reasonable fit to the Rasch model, 2) the equivalence of task difficulty may indicate that task development based on construct-based processing approach could be reliable and valid to estimate students' writing ability, and 3) the rating scales associated with the five rating categories and their specific written samples were shown to be mostly comprehensible and usable by raters, and demonstrated acceptable fit. However, there is still room for argument about the reliability and validity of assessment tasks and rating scales. (Contains 18 tables and 7 figures.)
Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics. Department of English, Namseoul University, 21 Maeju-ri, Seonghwan-eup, Cheonan-city, Choongnam, Korea 330-707. Tel: +82-2-3290-1995; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan