Question: What are some basic categories for assessment of student writing?
Answer/Quote: The authors and their English department were unsatisfied with their original rubric for student assessment. They reduced six categories to four: purpose, critical thinking/analysis, intertextuality and audience awareness. “ ‘Intertextuality’ is a term we use to describe the integration of a student’s ideas with outside texts, and we define outside texts loosely: articles, books, movies, poems, advertisements, and the ever-widening range of new media.” P. 54.
Whereas the six-category rubric seemed unnecessarily complex and confusing, including the category “voice,” the four-category assessment gave the teachers and students the opportunity to explore definitions of and understanding of the categories.
The scheme of assessment included the following:
Paper Assessment SheetCore elements (Scores ‘3’ and above are ;passing)
Purpose 6 5 4 3 2 1
Critical Thinking/Analysis 6 5 4 3 2 1
Intertextuality 6 5 4 3 2 1
Audience Awareness 6 5 4 3 2 1
Comment: Much to like in these categories for writing assessment. RayS.
Title: “From Rigidity to Freedom: An English Department’s Journey in Rethinking How We teach and Assess Writing.” C Strouthopoulos and JL Peterson. Teaching English in the Two-Year College (September 2011), 43-62.