Marisa Klages, Co-chair
Les Perelman, Co-chair
March 2015 Update
The Committee on Assessment has been working diligently to investigate practices in formative and summative assessment with a concentrated focus on helping the discipline more deeply engage in arguments against machine scoring of essays. Further we are working to publicize the ways that writing professional are doing writing assessment in the 2 year and 4 year colleges.
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.