Category Archives: writing assessment issues

Marking Essays Causes Mental Depletion

We always knew it, didn’t we? At the start of a session we’re more meticulous about our marking than we are later in the process when we are far more likely to make a ‘gut’ decision or a ‘near enough is good … Continue reading

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Fundamental Assessment Principles …

As his title suggests McMillan sets out to elucidate the basic principles of assessment. He highlights the role of professional judgment ‘whether the judgment occurs in constructing test questions, scoring essays, creating rubrics, grading participation, combining scores, or interpreting standardized … Continue reading

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Machine Scoring – Seriously?

Condon (2011) reviews the various phases of writing assessment over the last century. The developments of the last fifteen or twenty years are particularly interesting. Several important issues are raised including portfolios, machine assessment and the behemoth tests. The relationship … Continue reading

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