Writing Assessment Reading List

Foundations and Key Ideas

Adler-Kassner, Linda, and Harrington Susanmarie. “Responsibility and Compostion’s Future in the Twenty-first centry: Reframing ‘Accountability’” CCC 62.1 Sept. 2010 (28 pages)

Camp, Roberta “Changing the Model for the Direct Assessment of Writing” AW

Cherry, Roger D. and Paul R. Meyer. “Reliability Issues in Holistic Assessment” AW

Condon, William. “Large-scale assessment, locally-developed measures, and automated  scoring of essays: Fishing for red herrings?” Assessing Writing 18.1 (2013): 100-108. (8 pages)

Condon, William. “Review Essay: Reinventing Writing Assessment: How the Conversation is Shifting” WPA 34.2 (Spring 2011): 162-182. (20 pages)

Elbow, Peter and Pat Belanoff. “Portfolios as a Substitute for Proficiency Examinations” AW

Elliot, Perelman, White, Writing Assessment in the 21st Century (Parts II & IV) (~229 pages)

Ericsson, Patricia, and Richard Haswell. Machine Scoring of Student Essays (Intro, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 15, 16) (100 pages)

Gallagher, Chris W. “Being There: (Re)Making the Assessment Scene” CCC 62.3 Feb 2011. (26 pages)

Gallagher, Chris W. “Review Essay: All Writing Assessment is Local” CCC 65.3 Feb 2014.

Huot, Brian. (Re)Articulating Writing Assessment for Teaching and Learning (228 pages)

Moss, Pamela. “Can There Be Validity Without Reliability?” (7 pages) AW

Moss, Pamela A.. “Testing the Test of the Test: A Response to “Multiple Inquiry in the Validation of Writing Tests” AW

Murphy, Sandra and Kathleen Yancey: “Construct and Consequence: Validity in Writing Assessment” (in Bazerman’s Handbook of Research on Writing) (22 pages)

O’Neill, Peggy, Cindy Moore, and Brian Huot. A Guide to College Writing Assessment. Logan: Utah State UP, 2009. (Chapters 1-4) (79 pages)

Scott, Tony & Lil Brannon, “Democracy, Struggle, and the Praxis of Assessment” CCC 65.2 (Dec. 2013): 273-298.

Veal, L. Ramon and Sally Ann Hudson. “Direct and Indirect Measures for Large-Scale Evaluation of Writing” AW

White, Edward M. “Holisticism” AW

Williamson, Michael. “The Worship of Efficiency: Untangling Theoretical and Practical Considerations in Writing Assessment”  AW

Assessment Histories

Adler-Kassner, Linda, and Peggy O’Neill. Reframing Writing Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning (Chapters 1, 2, 3) (80 pages)

Behizadeh, Nadia & George Engelhard Jr. “Historical View of the Influence of measurement and writing theories…” Assessing Writing 16 (2011) (22 pages)

Elliot, Norbert. On a Scale: A Social History of Writing Assessment in America (Chapters 5 & 6) (128 pages)

Huot, Brian & Micheal Neal “Writing Assessment: A techno-history” (15 pages)

Yancey, Kathleen Blake. “Looking back as we look forward: Historicizing Writing Assessment” (19 pages) AW

Assessment of/with the Digital & Multimodal

Ball, Cheryl E. (2012). Assessing scholarly multimedia: A rhetorical genre studies approach. Technical Communication Quarterly, 21, 61–77.

Computers and Composition on Multimodal Assessment. 31.1 (March 2014): pg 1-86.

Gallagher, Chris. “Staging Encounters: Assessing the Performance of Context in Students’ Multimodal Writing.” Computers and Composition 31.1 (2014): 1-12.

Davis, Matt, and Kathleen Yancey. “Notes Toward the Role of Materiality in Composing, Reviewing, and Assessing Multimodal Texts.” Computers and Composition 31.1 (2014): 13-28.

Chartlon, Colin. “The Weight of Curious Space: Rhetorical Events, Hackerspace, and Emergent Multimodal Assessment” Computers and Composition 31.1 (2014): 29-42.

Colby, Richard. “Writing and Assessing Procedural rhetoric in Student-produced Video Games” Computers and Composition 31.1 (2014): 43-52.

Burnett, Rebecca E., Andy Frazee, Kathleen Hangii, and Amanda Madden. “A Programmatic Ecology of Assessment: Using a Common Rubric to Evaluate Multimodal Processes and Artifacts” Computers and Composition 31.1 (2014): 53-66.

Boston, Stephen M., Jenae Cohn, Megan McKittrick, and Robin Snead. “Current Conversations on Multimodal Assignments and Assessments: A Collaborative Review of Four Recent Texts” Computers and Composition 31.1 (2014): 67-78.

Wahleithner, Juliet Michelsen. “The National Writing Project’s Multimodal Assessment Project: Development of a Framework for Thinking about Multimodal Composing” Computers and Composition 31.1 (2014): 79-86.

Manion, Christopher E., & Selfe, Richard. (2012). Sharing as assessment ecology: Digital media, wikis, and the social work of knowledge. Technical Communication Quarterly, 21, 25–45.

Mckee, Heidi A. & Danielle Nicole DeVoss. Digital Writing Assessment and Evaluation (Intro, Chapters 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, & Afterward)

Murray, Elizabeth; Sheets, Hailey, & Williams, Nicole. (2009). The new work of assessment: Evaluating multimodal compositions. Computers and Composition Online. http://cconlinejournal.org/murray_etal/index.html

Neal, Michael. Writing Assessment and the Revolution in Digital Texts and Technologies. NY: Teachers College, 2011. (168 pages)

Rice, Jeff. (2011). Networked assessment. Computers and Composition, 28, 28–39.

Shipka, Jody. “Negotiating Rhetorical, Material, Methodological and Technological Difference: Evaluating Multimodal Design” CCC 61.1. (Sept. 2009) 343-66. (23 pages)

Sorapure, Madeleine. “Between Modes: Assessing Student New Media” Kairos 10.2

Whithaus, Carl. (2005). Teaching and evaluating writing in the age of computers and high-stakes testing. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Yancey, Kathleen Blake. “Looking for sources of coherence in a fragmented world: Notes toward a new assessment design” Computers and Composition 21 (2004) (13 pages)

Zoetewey, Meredith W., & Staggers, Julie. (2003). Beyond “current–traditional” design: Assessing rhetoric in new media.Issues in Writing13 (2), 133–157.


Ball, Arnetha, “Expanding the Dialogue on Culture as a Critical Component when Assessing Writing” (33 pages) AW

Faigley, L. (1989) Judging Writing, Judging Selves. College Composition and Communication, 40(4), 395-412. (17 pages)

Kelly-Riley, Diane. “Getting Off the Boat and onto the Bank: Exploring the Validity of Shared Evaluation Methods for Students of Color in College Writing Assessment.” Race and Writing Assessment. Eds. Mya Poe and Asao Inoue. NY: Peter Lang, 2012. 29-44. (15 pages)

Ketai, Rachel Lewis. “Race, Remediation, and Readiness: Reassessing the ‘Self’ in Directed Self-Placement.” Race and Writing Assessment. Eds. Mya Poe and Asao Inoue. NY: Peter Lang, 2012. 141-154. (13 pages)

Poe, Mya, and Asao Inoue. “Introduction.” Race and Writing Assessment. NY: Peter Lang, 2012. 1-14. (14 pages)

Yancey, Kathleen. “College Admissions and the Insight Resume: Writing, Reflection, and Students’ Lived Curriculum as a Site of Equitable Assessment.” Race and Writing Assessment. Eds. Mya Poe and Asao Inoue. NY: Peter Lang, 2012. 171-186. (15 pages)


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