Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

College/School

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department/Program

English

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Emily J. Isaacs

Committee Member

Caroline E. Dadas

Committee Member

Laura E. Jones

Subject(s)

Composition (Language arts), Grading and marking (Students)--Data processing, Educational tests and measurements--Data processing

Abstract

This paper will examine the current state, and future, of AES in secondary literacy education through a review of current research in the topic. An analysis of the history of assessment will seek to explain why AES systems have gained such popularity within high-stakes assessment, and how the use of AES in secondary education, high-stakes testing affects pedagogy. This paper will also look into reliability and validity issues that are presented when using AES as a form of scoring essays. Finally, this paper explores some ways that AES can be used effectively within the K-12 writing classroom, rather than solely in high stakes assessments. Ultimately, this paper will assert that AES is not the right tool for use in high-stakes assessments, but can be beneficial within the high school English classroom as a means of formative assessment.

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