William Condon “Large-Scale Assessment, Locally-Developed Measures, and Automated Scoring of Essays: Fishing for Red Herrings?”

12 Nov

Rank: 3 (Condon is not, per se, in favor of AES; however, he does see the design of these large-scale writing assessments as more of the problem, whether human-scored or machine-scored.)

Argument:  Essentially, Condon talks about how a 25-minute timed writing exam is insufficient to provide any real evaluation of a student’s writing capability.  While we rail against AES, Condon believes we are taking our eyes off of the “real killer.”  The problem lies with the test design more than with the method used to score it.

Assumptions:  Condon appears to assume that the difference between human scorers and machines is negligible, even on 25-minute timed writing exams.  This is a debatable topic.

Points of Interest:

  • Condon’s intriguing argument about the test design being more problematic than the scoring method.
  • Condon’s concept of yield ( in relation to writing assessments).
  • The focus on consequences of writing assessments as a critical component of validity.
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