Teaching and Evaluating Writing in the Age of Computers and High-Stakes Testing

By Carl Whithaus

This booklet takes on a frightening job: How do writing academics proceed to paintings towards getting ready scholars for educational and real-world communique occasions, whereas confronted with the expanding use of standardized high-stakes trying out? academics desire either the technical skill to accommodate this fact and the ideological capacity to critique the knowledge applied sciences and evaluation tools which are remodeling the writing classroom.

Teaching and comparing Writing within the Age of desktops and High-Stakes Testing serves this twin desire through delivering a theoretical framework, genuine case reviews, and useful equipment for comparing pupil writing. by means of reading matters in writing assessment--ranging from the improvement of digital portfolios to the effect of state-wide, standards-based evaluation equipment on secondary and post-secondary courses--this e-book discovers 4 positioned recommendations of real overview which are already in use at a couple of locales during the usa. those ideas stress:
*interacting with scholars as communicators utilizing synchronous and asynchronous environments;
*describing the approaches and items of pupil studying instead of enumerating deficits;
*situating pedagogy and assessment inside of structures that include instead of exclude neighborhood variables; and
*distributing overview between assorted audiences.

By advocating for a versatile approach of communication-based review in computer-mediated writing guide, this publication validates lecturers' and scholars' studies with writing and in addition recognizes the real-world weight of the hot writing parts at the SAT and ACT, in addition to on state-mandated standardized writing and talent exams.

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