Survey of Postsecondary Writing Assessment Practices.Report as inadecuate

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This report presents results from an extensive survey done by the CCCC Committee on Assessment to describe the current writing assessment practices at postsecondary institutions of higher education in the United States. The survey gathered information from 534 respondents (representing a 63% response rate; 842 questionnaires were mailed) regarding the kinds of decisions which may be based, in whole or in part, on results of an assessment of writing; the methods employed to assess writing; the roles of participants in the assessment process; the consequences for students; the distribution of authority over the assessment process; and opinions of respondents about the impact of assessment on writing instruction and their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the methods employed at their campuses. Demographic information about respondents was also collected. Results are presented in 5 sections: (1) Overall Results; (2) Results for Institutions of Different Sizes; (3) Results for Institutions Categorized by Public/Private Status; (4) Results for Institutions Categorized According to Their Status as 2 Year or 4 Year Institutions; and (5) Respondents' Reports of Satisfaction or Dissatisfaction Related to Selected Survey Questions. Contains 63 tables and 30 references. Thirty-two graphs of data are appended. (SR)

Descriptors: Educational Practices, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Evaluation, Writing Evaluation, Writing Tests

Author: Murphy, Sandra; Nolte, Ed


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