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Workshop: Developing and Using Rating Scales for Writing Assessment
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In this hands-on workshop you will cover fundamental considerations for developing and using rating scales for writing assessment, both in classroom settings and for large-scale tests.

10/19/2017
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Georgetown University
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States

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Developing and using rating scales for writing assessment
October 19, 2017
Georgetown University

In this hands-on workshop you will cover fundamental considerations for developing and using rating scales for writing assessment, both in classroom settings and for large-scale tests. In the first part of the workshop we will discuss the role of the rating scale in writing assessment in terms of scoring validity (Shaw & Weir, 2007) and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of rating scales (i.e., holistic vs. analytic scales). You will generate your own criteria for scoring writing for a specific assessment purpose with a particular group of learners and we will experience different methods of rating scale construction. You will also use different published rating scales to evaluate second language writing samples and discuss the benefits and challenges of using different types of scales. You will discuss best practices in training, monitoring, and providing feedback to raters in large-scale assessments and you will discuss how rating scales can be used in classrooms to both lessen teachers’ marking load, provide useful feedback to students, and make use of self and peer assessment.

For full details and to register go to https://sites.google.com/site/ecoltaelrc/test-development-workshop-2017

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