A new report issued by the Alliance for Excellent Education provides some good news. The report, Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment, offers solid evidence that writing assessment is an effective tool to improve student writing. Written by Steve Graham, Karen Harris, and Michael Hebert of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education, the report finds that when teachers or peers provide feedback to students on their writing, or when students assess their own writing, the quality of their prose improves. In addition, the report identified six practices to ensure that assessment is done reliably and fairly.Read Entire Post
This annual report from the College Board shows that average scores on the SAT fell across the nation this year. Reading scores for the Class of 2011 fell three points to 497, the lowest on record, average writing scores dropped two points, to 489, and the math score was down one point, to 514. The College Board stated the decrease could be due to the increasing diversity of the students taking the test. Also, this year marked the highest number of students ever to take the SAT in one year.Read Entire Post
New Report Offers Evidence That Classroom-Based Assessments Can Improve Writing Skills of American StudentsEffective assessments are promising tools to help ensure that students write well enough to meet grade-level demands, according to a new report from Carnegie Corporation of New York, released by the Alliance for Excellent Education on September 14. The report Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment offers educators and policymakers with evidence-based practices on how assessment can improve the writing skills of American students.
"Writing may not receive as much attention as reading and arithmetic, but it is no less important to a student's future success," said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. "Poor writing skills not only play a role in whether a student graduates from high school, they can also impact his or her success in college or securing a job that pays a living wage." Read Entire Post