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Committee on Assessment (November 2016)


Committee Members

Marisa Klages, Co-chair 
Les Perelman, Co-chair
Bob Broad
Norbert Elliot
Alan Hutchison
Suzanne Labadie  
Patricia Lynne
Jeremy Schnieder
David Slomp
Amy Weaver
Carl Whithaus

November 2015 Update

The Committee on Assessment has been investigating best practices in formative and summative assessment along with efforts to help the discipline successfully critique the machine scoring of essays. We will be publicizing on our web site case studies of exemplary writing assessments in 2 year and 4 year colleges along with updating supporting material for the 2013 NCTE Position Statement on Machine Scoring.

Committee Charge

Charge 1: Keep abreast of changes in assessment of writing policies and computer-graded essay practices for both formative and summative assessments that affect the profession, including PARCC and Smarter Balance proposed assessments for the Common Core Standards, assessment for placement in first-year writing, and assessment practices in both K-12 and college classrooms. Coordinate with other NCTE committees and groups involved in assessment practices.
Charge 2: Work with the CCCC Officers, the MemberWeb Editor, and NCTE staff to disseminate the 2009 Position Statement on Assessment and the 2013 NCTE Position Statement on Machine Scoring.
Charge 3: Supplement the position statements with bibliographies and links to related position statements and explanations of terms.

Charge 4: Advocate for transparency in multiple aspects of assessment including free and open access to computer grading software and the raw data from major studies involving writing assessment.

Charge 5: Serve as a clearing house for publicizing what writing professionals are doing in writing assessment including developing a web site that will allow writing professionals to share various new and innovative practices.

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