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Accession Number PB2013-101044
Title Nation's Report Card: Writing, 2011. National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grades 8 and 12.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 52p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Writing in the 21st century is defined by its frequency and its efficiency. It is clear that the ability to use written language to communicate with othersand the corresponding need for effective writing instruction and assessmentis more relevant than ever. Reflecting current practice and recognizing the impact of communication technologies on the way students compose their writing, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administered the first computer-based assessment in writing in 2011. In this new national writing assessment sample, 24,100 eighth-graders and 28,100 twelfth-graders engaged with writing tasks and composed their responses on computer. The assessment tasks reflected writing situations common to both academic and workplace settings and asked students to write for several purposes and communicate to different audiences. The results of the 2011 writing assessment offer a new opportunity to understand the ability of eighth- and twelfth-grade students to make effective choices in their writing and allow for insight into the role and impact of technology on writing education and performance. For the first year of this computer-based writing assessment, new scales and achievement levels were established. The scales for grades 8 and 12 were developed separately and range from 0 to 300 with a mean set at 150 for each grade. Additional results are reported based on students demographic characteristics, educational experiences, and the frequency of engaging in actions available to them in word-processing software.
Keywords Achievement levels
Demographic characteristics
Public schools
Report cards
States(United States)
Writing education

Source Agency National Center for Education Statistics
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
43C - Human Resources
Corporate Author National Center for Education Statistics, Hyattsville, MD.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1226
Contract Number N/A

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