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  • SO how about if I open with a 15 minute section that includes some Q&A on what is writing assessment (emphasis on inquiry, formative uses, assessment as research) and the role of writing assessment vis-a-vis gen ed. That will let us get a sense of what the audience knows and believes.

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  • Improving Teaching and Learning Through Writing Assessment An Ambassadorial Project of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA) For AAC&U’s Integrative Designs for General Education and Assessment Boston, MA, Feb. 22, 2008
  • Presenters• Susanmarie Harrington, Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis• Peggy ONeill, Associate Professor of Writing, Loyola College• Bob Broad, Professor of English, Illinois State University
  • Why We Love (Good) Writing Assessment• It interprets writing in local contexts• It creates site-specific assessments• It connects disciplines, genres, and audiences• It facilitates ongoing decisions about students, courses, and programs
  • Assessment Benefits: Inquiry• Site-based assessment generates useful information for local users• Writing assessment answers questions that stakeholders value – What holds students up in advanced comp? – What can our majors do? – How do students use sources, and why do they make choices about web materials that run counter to faculty advice?
  • Assessment Benefits: Formative Uses• Writing assessment supports the development of curriculum, assignments, and feedback• Writing assessment makes work samples and rating criteria public• Writing assessment facilitates debates about samples and criteria
  • Assessment Benefits: Research• Writing assessment brings together content specialists, practitioners, and evaluators, in interdisciplinary dialogue• Writing assessment builds public records over time• Writing assessment makes data-based decisions the foundation for program development
  • Writing Assessment and General Education• Writing in the disciplines is part of knowing the disciplines• Writing is a shared subject across disciplines• Writing provides a common vocabulary for conversation• Writing unites teachers and students
  • Embedded Assignments• Course specific• Embedded in the curriculum (writing done as part of the regular course work)• Low stakes to specific students and faculty; usually sampling method used (e.g., random, purposeful, stratified)
  • Embedded Assignments• Engages faculty *Faculty decide the assignment (e.g.research based essay, laboratory research report) *Faculty decide the evaluation criteria/standards (tied to outcomes) *Faculty apply the criteria
  • Embedded AssignmentsExamplesSeattle University, John Bean Consulting Professor of Writing and Assessment; For more information see Community College, Kenneth Kerr, English ProfessorResourcesBean, John C., David Carrithers, and Theresa Earenfight. “Transforming WAC through a Discourse-Based Approach to University Outcomes Assessment.” WAC Journal 16 (September 2005): 5-21.Suskie, Linda. Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide. Bolton MA: Anker, 2004.Walvoord, Barbara. E. Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass, 2004.
  • Mid-Career Writing Portfolio• Proficiency examinations (stake for all students)• Diagnostic (identifies students in need of extra writing support)• Includes course-embedded work (papers submitted)• Includes multiple samples of work from several courses
  • Mid-Career Writing Portfolio• Engages faculty *Faculty decide the appropriate assignments (e.g.research based essay, laboratory research report) *Faculty decide the evaluation criteria/standards (usually tied to outcomes) *Faculty apply the criteria
  • Mid-Career Writing PortfolioExamplesWashington State University, Diane Kelly-Riley Writing Assessment Office; Additional information is available at College, Dr. Carol Rutz, Writing Program Director; Additional information is available at rogram/portfolio_requirements/ResourcesHaswell, Richard H., ed. Beyond Outcomes: Assessment and Instruction within a University Writing Program Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 2001.Rutz, Carol and Jacqulyn Lauer-Glebov. "Assessment and Innovation: One Darn Thing After Another," Assessing Writing 10.2 (2005). 80-99.Principles and Practices in Electronic Portfolios. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2007. Available at
  • Rubrics: The Good & the Bad• Sincere and useful effort to discover and document criteria• Wrong kind of inquiry: speculative and cursory, lacking open discussion & negotiation• Wrong kind of document: generic and over-simplified
  • Dynamic Criteria Mapping• Streamlined form of grounded theory• Inductive and empirical inquiry conducted by local faculty using local students’ work• Criteria are recorded, negotiated, and publicized
  • Excerpt from City University’s Map of Textual QualitiesFrom What We Really Value: Beyond Rubrics in Teaching and Assessing Writing. Utah State U Press, 2003. Change in Student-Author Epistemic spectrum RhetoricalLearningProgress EpistemicGrowth Affective/Moral Significance Effort Intellectual Development Taking risks Thinking Heart Analysis Ideas Revision Process Audience Empty Persuasive awareness Hollow Convincing Clichéd Powerful
  • Mid-Michigan Community College: DCM Across the Curriculum