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Tool Name
Quality of Writing Assignments and Teachers’ Feedback

Evaluation Type
Instructional Artifacts

Subject
Language Arts specific

Grade
Elementary Grades only

Use of Evaluation
Formative

URL
http://www.cse.ucla.edu/products/reports/R681.pdf  

Developer
This product was developed by the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Product Description
This product has been used to examine the relationships between quality of teachers’ writing assignments, written feedback, and student revisions in Grade 3 classrooms, relating these factors to student improvement in writing.

General Target Population Information
This product was devloped for use with Grade 3 teachers.

Stage of Teacher Development
Grade 3 Teachers

Users
Users of this tool include (1) researchers or district administrators to monitor instructional quality across schools, (2) instructional coaches and principals to help teachers reflect on their practice and plan learning activities, and (3) teachers to self-assess their practice.

Research and Resources

Junker, B., Weisberg, Y., Matsumura, L. C., Crosson, A., Wolf, M. K., Levinson, A., & Resnick, L. (2006). Overview of the Instructional Quality Assessment (CSE Technical Report 671). Retrieved April 2, 2010, from http://www.cse.ucla.edu/products/reports/r671.pdf

Matsumura, L. C., Patthey-Chavez, G. G., Valdes, R., & Garnier, H. (2002). Teacher feedback, writing assignment quality, and third grade students’ revision in lower- and higher-achieving urban schools. The Elementary School Journal, 103(1).


Cost

The IQA rubrics are free to the public and can be accessed through the Center for Standards, Evaluation and Student Testing website (CSE Technical Report 681): http://www.cse.ucla.edu/products/reports/R681.pdf.  


Contact Information
Please contact Lindsay Clare Matsumura (lclare@pitt.edu) or Melissa Boston (bostonm@duq.edu) for information about IQA rater training in reading comprehension and mathematics respectively.

Support Available
Technical support is available by contacting Lindsay Clare Matsumura (lclare@pitt.edu) or Melissa Boston (bostonm@duq.edu) for information about IQA rater training in reading comprehension and mathematics respectively.