Writing 40 - Cora Agatucci
Basic English/Writing II


WR 40 BENCHMARKS

1) Benchmarked competencies are numbers 1-6 below.

2) Benchmarks are program-wide, as well as specific to each section of WR 40.

3) 70% of students will perform with at minimum competency with a score of 75% (C) or better;

30% of students will perform at advanced skill level with a score of 85% (B) or better;

10% percent of students will perform at mastery skill level with a score of 95% (A) or better.

4) The measure for an outcome may be a single assignment or more than one assignment in each class.

Writing 40 Competencies #1 - #6
to be Benchmarked

Competency 1 Demonstrate control of a variety of organizational strategies at the paragraph level, such as compare and contrast, cause and effect, examples, and classification/division.

BENCHMARK ASSIGNMENTS (instructor-assessed): Paragraphs #1 & #2, Essays #1 & #2, and Cover Letter Essay; also Final Writer's Profile (student self-assessments )

Competency 2 Demonstrate understanding of the basic structure of an essay, including understanding the difference between introductory/concluding paragraphs and body paragraphs.

BENCHMARK ASSIGNMENTS (instructor & outside evaluator assessed): Portfolio (includes 2 essays); also Final Writer's Profile (student self-assessments )

Competency 3 Be able to maintain focus and coherence for essays of at least 600 words, including using a thesis statement and transitions.

BENCHMARK ASSIGNMENTS (instructor & outside evaluator assessed): Portfolio (includes 2 essays); also Final Writer's Profile (student self-assessments )

Competency 4 Be able to distinguish among general ideas, specific evidence and analysis of evidence and to apply the distinctions to ones own writing.

BENCHMARK ASSIGNMENTS (instructor & outside evaluator assessed): Portfolio (includes 2 essays); also Final Writer's Profile (student self-assessments )

Competency 5 Be able to produce essays containing a variety of sentence lengths and structures, including some complex sentences.

BENCHMARK ASSIGNMENTS (instructor & outside evaluator assessed): Portfolio (includes 2 essays); also Final Writer's Profile (student self-assessments )

Competency 6 Be able to edit ones own writing for mechanical and grammatical errors, producing work that is substantially free from both minor surface errors and major sentence errors.

BENCHMARK ASSIGNMENTS (instructor & outside evaluator assessed): Portfolio (includes 2 essays); also Final Writer's Profile (student self-assessments )

Writing 40 Competencies #7 - #9

Competency 7 Demonstrate awareness of different audiences and show control of writing strategies to address those audiences.

Final Writer's Profile (student self-assessments )

Competency 8 Demonstrate control of the writing process: generating ideas, organizing ideas, drafting, revising and editing.

No Assessments (Cora mistakenly omitted Competencies #8 & #9 on the Final Writer's Profile Survey - Sorry!)

Competency 9 Be able to assist other writers with accurate analysis of focus, coherence, and specific development, at the essay level.

No Assessments (Cora mistakenly omitted Competencies #8 & #9 on the Final Writer's Profile Survey - Sorry!)

Revisions approved by Composition Committee 5-10-99

Instructor Agatucci CRN 11404  Term Winter  Year 2001
Instructor Assessments

WR 40 Competency Assignments Date Total Students %A %B %C % D,
F/0
Benchmark
Met? (Y/N)
1: Demonstrate control of a variety of organizational strategies at the paragraph [& essay] 
level . . . 
1.  Paragraph #1
2.  Paragraph #2
3.  Essay #1
4.  Essay #2
5.Portfolio Cover Letter Essay

By
3/22/01

 

25

 

 

80%
20/ 25

 

20%
5/2
5

 

Y: 80%
at min.
or above

20/25

 

2: Demonstrate understanding of basic structure of essay, incl....difference betw. introductory/ concluding... &  body paragraphs
Portfolio
(incl. 2 essays)

3/22/01

25

 

40%
10/25

 

40%
10/25

 

4%
1/25

 

16%
4/25

 

Y: 84%
at min.
or above

21/25

3: Be able to maintain focus & coherence for essays of at least 600 words, incl. using thesis statement & transitions Portfolio
(incl. 2 essays)

3/22/01

25

40%
10/25

40%
10/25

4%
1/25

16%
4/25

Y: 84%
at min.
or above
21/25

4: Be able to distinguish among general ideas, specific evidence and analysis of evidence & apply distinctions to one's own writing Portfolio
(incl. 2 essays)
3/22/01

25

40%
10/25

40%
10/25
4%
1/25

16%
4/25

Y: 84%
at min.
or above

21/25

5: Be able to produce essays containing a variety of sentence lengths & structures . . .  Portfolio
(incl. 2 essays)
3/22/01

25

32%
8/25
24%
6/25
28%
7/25
16%
4/25

Y: 84%
at min.
or above

21/25

6: Be able to edit one's own writing for mechanical & grammatical errors, producing work...substantially free from minor surface errors & major sentence errors Portfolio
(incl. 2 essays)
3/22/01

25

32%
8/25
24%
6/25
28%
7/25
16%
4/25

Y: 84%
at min.
or above

21/25

Outside Evaluator:
Ready for WR 121?
Portfolio
(incl. 2 essays)
3/22/01 25 Yes: 
84%
21/25
No:
16%
4/25

Y: 84%
at min.
or above

21/25

 Student Self-Assessments (Final Writer's Profile) are given below.

WR 40 Final Writer's Profile: Learning Outcomes Survey
Student Self-Assessments
Instructor Agatucci CRN 11404   Term Winter  Year 2001
Number of Students Responding: 23
Number of Students Enrolled
at End of Term:  25

Directions:  Self-Assess your writing skills at the end of WR 40 by completing this survey.

1.  Self-Rating:  Circle the number on the five-point rating scale that best reflects your self-assessment in each of the seven (7) Competencies described below.

2.  Circle numbered Competencies in which you have improved the most this term.

Competency 1: Circled as Most Improved: 6
Demonstrate control of a variety of organizational strategies at the paragraph level, such as compare and contrast, cause and effect, examples, and classification/division.


Self-Rating

5 Excellent

4 Very Good

3 Satisfactory

2 Barely Passing

1 Poor

3

13

7

0

0

Percentage 13% 57 % 30 % 0% 0%

Competency 2: Circled as Most Improved: 1
Demonstrate understanding of the basic structure of an essay, including understanding the difference between introductory/concluding paragraphs and body paragraphs.


Self-Rating

5 Excellent

4 Very Good

3 Satisfactory

2 Barely Passing

1 Poor

6

11

6

0

0

Percentage 26 % 48 % 26 % 0% 0%

Competency 3: Circled as Most Improved: 4
 Be able to maintain focus and coherence for essays of at least 600 words, including using a thesis statement and transitions.


Self-Rating

5 Excellent

4 Very Good

3 Satisfactory

2 Barely Passing

1 Poor

1

12

9

1

0

Percentage 4 % 52 % 39 % 4 % 0%

Competency 4 Circled as Most Improved: 3
Be able to distinguish among general ideas, specific evidence and analysis of evidence and to apply the distinctions to ones own writing.


Self-Rating

5 Excellent

4 Very Good

3 Satisfactory

2 Barely Passing

1 Poor

1

14

8

0

0

Percentage 4 % 61 % 35 % 0% 0%

Competency 5 Circled as Most Improved: 2
Be able to produce essays containing a variety of sentence lengths and structures, including some complex sentences.


Self-Rating

5 Excellent

4 Very Good

3 Satisfactory

2 Barely Passing

1 Poor

3

13

7

0

0

Percentage 13% 57 % 30 % 0% 0%

Competency 6 Circled as Most Improved: 4
Be able to edit ones own writing for mechanical and grammatical errors, producing work that is substantially free from both minor surface errors and major sentence errors.

Student Comment:  "I have improved the most in this, but it is my biggest weekness.  It has made me more aware."


Self-Rating

5 Excellent

4 Very Good

3 Satisfactory

2 Barely Passing

1 Poor

1

9

12

1

0

Percentage 4 % 39 % 52 % 4 % 0%

Competency 7 Circled as Most Improved: 2
Demonstrate awareness of different audiences and show control of writing strategies to address those audiences.


Self-Rating

5 Excellent

4 Very Good

3 Satisfactory

2 Barely Passing

1 Poor

4

11

8

0

0

Percentage 17 % 48 % 35 % 0% 0%

Competency 8 Demonstrate control of the writing process: generating ideas, organizing ideas, drafting, revising and editing.

No Assessments (Cora mistakenly omitted Competencies #8 & #9 on the Final Writer's Profile Survey - Sorry!)

Competency 9 Be able to assist other writers with accurate analysis of focus, coherence, and specific development, at the essay level.

No Assessments (Cora mistakenly omitted Competencies #8 & #9 on the Final Writer's Profile Survey - Sorry!)

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