On a Scale

On a Scale

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Fear and Trembling? Shock and Awe? Which set of statements best describes the emotions surrounding the assessment of writing ability in educational settings? This book - the first historical study of its kind - begins with Harvard University's 1874 requirement that first-year student applicants submit a short composition as part of the admissions process; the book concludes with the College Board's 2005 requirement for an essay to be submitted as part of the new SAT(r): Reasoning Test. Intended for teachers who must prepare students to submit their writing for formal assessment, administrators who must make critical decisions based on test scores, and policy makers who must allocate resources based on evaluation systems, qOn a Scaleq provides a much-needed historical and conceptual background to questions arising from national attention to student writing ability.... had been recruited by the University of Texas at Austin, where he trained the admissions staff to read essays holistically. (Two admissions essays, evaluated by the admissions staff, had been required at the university since 1995.) ... Hence , a further refinement had been made in the prompt evaluated by the Breland study.

Title:On a Scale
Author:Norbert Elliot
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2005


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