Rank: 1 – I gave this article this low rank because I think Condon is not only opposed to AES, he is also opposed to short, single sample timed essay writing tests as well – the kinds of assessments that make AES possible.
Argument: the kinds of tests that AES can score do not accurately represent the construct of writing, they have a low (.49) correlation rate with course grades/portfolio scores, and their ability to predict student success is also low (103).
Assumptions: The assumption is that all writing assessments, for whatever purpose, should reflect accurate constructs of writing. There is also the assumption that rich, descriptive, locally based assessments are better in all situations as well.
Points of Interest: I found it interesting that Condon would cite low-levels of predictability and correlation with course grades, since one of the major claims of AES is that it can accurately and reliably place students (103).