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Assessment Resources

This ISU Writing Program article introduces differences between equality and equity in order to challenge our antecedent knowledge about writing assessment. This article lays some initial groundwork for practicing participatory assessment in a more socially responsible and responsive way.


This ISU Writing Program article defines participatory assessment as a set of practices to work toward more equitable, inclusive writing assessment. This article defines and introduces what we mean by self, peer, and collaborative writing assessment, and describes what these participatory assessment practices can look like.


Use the GWRJ Tags to find published pieces on assessing writing.


In this Writing Spaces article, Jason McIntosh describes how assessment and evaluation influence our writing experiences and mental health. McIntosh shares how low-stakes writing can reduce high-stakes assessment pressure and allow us as writers to grow, prioritize learning, reduce stress, and take risks.


In this Writing Spaces chapter, Ron DePeter acknowledges the inconsistency of peer feedback, encouraging composition students to go beyond “Great paper!” in their responses to peers. He presents scenarios to help conceptualize how to write meaningful praise and analyzes examples of student-authored praise in order to offer concrete advice for improving your peer feedback.


In this ISU Writing Program YouTube video, we define assessment and give examples of informal and formal assessment, and summative and formative assessment.

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