National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report
TR 58. Composition in the Context of CAP: A Case Study of the Interplay Between Assessment and Schoo
By Peggy Trump Loofbourrow
Summary: This study examines the impact of a large-scale writing assessment, the California Assessment Program (CAP), on the life of one junior high school, analyzing how teachers and administrators at the school prepared students for the eighth-grade assessment. Loofbourrow finds that teachers' interpretations of the assessment, influenced by their own education, experience, and teaching philosophy, result in significant differences in writing instruction in individual classrooms. Winner of NCTE's Promising Researcher Award. January, 1992; 30 pages.
TR 58. Composition in the Context of CAP: A Case Study of the Interplay Between Assessment and School Life