Assessment of Writing

Assessment of Writing examines the dominant methods, issues and concerns that are central to the discussion and evaluation of students' written work. Topics include current and historical perspectives on writing assessment, the use of various models of writing assessment, the political and legal issues connected to writing assessment, and the validity and reliability of assessment models. The course will introduce students to the types of assessment models used in the field of composition, will explore the effectiveness of comments on papers, and will examine how to assess errors in writing. This class will also provide students with knowledge necessary to apply a range of assessment models in the application of writing across multiple workplace situations, and will assist students in applying and refining those models to new developments in computer-assisted writing.