Writing Whirligigs: The Art and Assessment of Writing in Kentucky State Reform.Report as inadecuate

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In 1990, the state of Kentucky created a new school system through the Kentucky Educational Reform Act (KERA). While KERA mandates wide-ranging progressive reform, testing through the Kentucky Instructional Results Information System (KIRIS) makes sure teachers get the job done. Though all Kentucky teachers are involved in writing, those at the 4th, 7th, and 12th grade levels are responsible for three basic student assessments: writing portfolios that contain students' original writing rather than specific prompts; open response questions in which students read short narrative or expository passages and answer related questions; and on demand writing, in which students have 90 minutes to plan, prewrite, draft, revise, and edit their response to a specific prompt. One exemplary seventh-grade teacher, Mr. Bass, is followed as he teaches the art of writing while simultaneously addressing the demands of the state evaluation. In this brief case study, researchers discuss the paradox that occurs as Mr. Bass teaches his students to think of writing in terms of language play, prior knowledge, and life connections as he also instructs them in how to share their art pragmatically through "real-world" assessments. (Author/SLD)

Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Change, Grade 7, Junior High Schools, Performance Based Assessment, State Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Testing Programs, Writing Instruction, Writing Tests

Author: Wolf, Shelby A.; McIver, Monette C.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11461&id=ED428128

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