This study also compared teachers identified as being highly confident writers with teachers who reported low levels of self-confidence related to writing. Prior to the training, the highly confident teachers' scores tended to be lower than the state scores and the scores assigned by their less confident peers. During group discussions, however, the qhigh-confidenceq group was just as likely to change their scores to a higher level as to a lower level, and by the end of the training, both groups demonstrated more consistent score patterns.73) The FCAT Writing+ essays and narratives are hand-scored by at least two trained raters. ... On the 2007 FCAT Writing +, 41% of the scores assigned to fourth grade essays and stories were an average of two scores. ... of student essays, who attested that some writings resist agreement, and despite scoring guides and sample papers raters do not always focus on the same aspects of the writing.
|Title||:||A Study of an Attempt to Improve the Reliability of Teachers' Holistic Scores of Elementary Writing Through In-house Professional Development|
|Author||:||Lisa Epps Farmer|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|