College Writing Exam Error Analysis

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Passaic County Community College requires students to pass an exit exam--College Writing Exam--in order to graduate. This presentation shows the results of a study of failing essays to see where students are falling short of passing.

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College Writing Exam Error Analysis

  1. 1. Ana Paula Lawrence Elizabeth Nesius Summer 2008
  2. 2. Rationale <ul><li>Improve student writing </li></ul><ul><li>Take failing CWEs and analyze errors to improve tutoring and intervention </li></ul><ul><li>Provide feedback to academic departments </li></ul>
  3. 3. Methodology <ul><li>Randomly selected 80 essays that scored a 6 from all majors and initial placements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From summer 2007 through spring 2008, 960 exams scored 6 or below </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>765 essays received a score of 6 = 79.69% of failing essays </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data analysis based on major and initial placement </li></ul>
  4. 4. Methodology <ul><li>Read and checked off errors (frequency count) for each essay based on two types of criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content/Organization checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Determined if failed for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content and Organization only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Created two lists of errors by initial placement </li></ul>
  5. 5. Findings
  6. 6. Findings
  7. 7. Findings
  8. 8. Findings
  9. 9. Recommendations <ul><li>Provide student support and increase accountability for writing in their majors </li></ul><ul><li>Improve intervention and tutoring strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Target students early and encourage taking exam as soon as students complete requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate EN-117 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce an editing and grammar course at college level </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Help with assessment of tasks </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Recommendations <ul><li>Provide regular workshops for CWE students </li></ul><ul><li>Expose students to CWE testing conditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>timed writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>writing under pressure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Encourage reading across the curriculum </li></ul>

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