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An Annotated Bibliography of Writing Assessment: Reliability and Validity, Part 2

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In this, our third installment of the bibliography on assessment, we survey the second half of the literature on reliability and validity. The works we annotate focus primarily on the theoretical and technical definitions of reliability and validity--and in particular, on the relationship between the two concepts. We summarize psychometric scholarship that explains, defines, and theorizes reliability and validity in general and within the context of writing assessment. Later installments of the bibliography will focus on specific sorts of assessment practices and occasions, such as portfolios, placement assessments, and program assessment--all practices for which successful implementation depends on an understanding of reliability and validity.

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