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Validity of Automated Scoring: Prologue for a Continuing Discussion of Machine Scoring Student Writing

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Writing assessment has developed along two separate lines, one centered in professional organizations for writing teachers and the other centered in professional organizations for the broader assessment community. As the controversy about automated scoring continues to develop, it is important for writing teachers and researchers to become fluent in the discourse of the broader assessment community. Continuing to label the work of the broader assessment community as positivist and continuing to ignore it will only result in a continuing sense of defeat as automated assessment is adopted more widely. On the other hand, an examination of the literature on educational assessment will reveal that the theoretical base for assessment is quite consistent with the principles adopted by the writing assessment community.

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