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Developing a Valid Assessment Plan Comp 4.0 Piloted Fall 2007. Stacey Stover and Patti Dungan Austin Community College March 18, 2008. Original Course 3 LEH for DEVW 1413 48 hours of instruction 3 LEH for ENGL 1301 1 LEH for Basic Study Skills --------------------------------

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Developing a valid assessment plan comp 4 0 piloted fall 2007

Developing a Valid Assessment PlanComp 4.0 Piloted Fall 2007

Stacey Stover and Patti Dungan

Austin Community College

March 18, 2008


Developing a valid assessment plan comp 4 0 piloted fall 2007

Original Course

  • 3 LEH for DEVW 141348 hours of instruction

  • 3 LEH for ENGL 1301

  • 1 LEH for Basic Study Skills

    --------------------------------

    7 LEH Total

    Two 16-week courses and one 8-week course.

    *LEH = lecture equivalent hours.

Redesigned Course

  • 1 LEH for DEVW 141116 hours of instruction

  • 3 LEH for ENGL 1301

    --------------------------------

    4 LEH Total

    One 8-week course and one 16-week course.


Our challenge

Our Challenge

  • To ensure that students enrolled our redesigned 1 LEH Writing Skills II (WSII) course are equally or better prepared as students enrolled in the traditional 3 LEH WSII course.

  • All WSII students are mandated to write a timed essay to exit the developmental writing program. Students are given three hours to write a persuasive essay.


Pass fail scale

Pass/Fail Scale

  • Introduction (2 points)

  • _______ Hook-lead (A few sentences that introduce the topic and lead to thesis)

  • _______ Thesis statement, with or without essay map, clearly addresses the prompt.

  •  Body Paragraphs (12 points)

  • Par1 Par 2 Par 3

  • _____ _____ _____ Topic sentence states one main idea which clearly contributes to the thesis. (3 points)

  • _____ _____ _____ Main idea is supported with explanation & at least one relevant example and/or other relevant elaboration. (3 points)

  • _____ _____ _____ Sentences are logically connected. (3 points)

  • _____ _____ _____ Main idea is further supported with (an) additional relevant example(s) and or other relevant elaboration. (3 points)

    Conclusion (2 points)

  • _______ A developed paragraph that sums up the argument.

  • Language (9 points))

  • _____Three or fewer major errors (4 pts); four major errors (3 pts); five major errors (2 pts); six to seven major errors (1 pt); more than seven major errors (0 pts)

  • _____Five or fewer minor errors (4 pts); six or seven minor errors (3 pts); eight minor errors (2 pts); nine to ten minor errors (1 pts); more than 10 minor errors (0 pts).

  • _____Writer effectively constructs a variety of sentence types (1 point).

  • Error Checklist

  • Major Errors (mark one hash per error)Minor Errors (mark one hash per type of error)

  • _____comma splices____commonly confused words on list (30)

  • _____fused sentences (run ons)_____apostrophe usage: possessives/contractions (2)

  • _____fragments____comma usage: items in a series, coordination, introductory

  • _____subject-verb agreement clause or phrase, coordinate adjectives, transitional expressions (5)

  • _____verb tense consistency _____misuse/abuse of commas (1)

  • _____ sentence sense—has all of_____pronoun case/agreement/reference (3)

  • the elements of a sentence ____capitalization (1)

  • but doesn’t make sense_____ missing words or word endings: -ed, -s, -ing, ly (4)

  • _____ parallelism_____ESL issues: articles/prepositions/awkward wording (3)

  • _____other

  • Instructor’s initials _____


Grading session

Grading Session

  • Essays are graded by two faculty members, but faculty members do not grade their own students’ essays.

  • We calibrate about three times each semester to ensure accuracy.

  • Because this pilot started fall 2007, we do not have comparison data but preliminary numbers are promising.


Questions

Questions?

Austin Community College

  • Stacey [email protected]

  • Patti Dungan

    [email protected]


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