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An Annotated Bibliography of Writing Assessment

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In this, our second installment of the bibliography on assessment, we survey the literature on reliability and validity, the first of a two-part series that will continue in the next issue of JWA. 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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