The work provides the reader with a brief summary of some of the salient work on the subject of assessing writing. The readings are separated into background and theory, in this area the readings give sufficient coverage of the theoretical and foundational issues to ensure the reader has a basis understanding of the underlying themes. The section titled current issues presents the recent debates in the discipline as well as the most up-to-date concerns. Practices contains the experiences of practitioners as well as best approaches, there are several narrative and practical pieces in this section. The final section, additional resources points to other beneficial materials that can supplement the work found in the other sections. Each section contains multiple resources and while not making a claim to be exhaustive, the readings provide excellent coverage of the relevant subject area. This work is directed toward a general audience of teachers and persons with interest in the area. The value of the work is that it gives a quick summary of the material presented so that the reader can easily decide if that is the work required.
Rief, Linda. "Evaluation: Where I Am, Where I Want to Be." Seeking Diversity: Language Arts with Adolescents. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 1992. 121-32.
Straw, Stanley B. "Assessment and Evaluation in Written Composition: A Commonsense Perspective." Research in the Language Arts: Language and Schooling. Eds. Victor Froese and Stanley B. Straw. Baltimore: U. Park P. 1981. 181-202.