Journal of Basic Education


1996.第6卷第1及2期(Vol. 6 Nos. 1 & 2).pp. 151–157


A Study on the Assessment of Chinese Students' Writing Ability

祝新華(Xinhua ZHU)





Students' writing ability is the most difficult part to be tested scientifically among all the subjects of primary or high school education. And how to control the subjectivism in scoring the students' composition is a universal hard-nut-to-crack problem.

Based on the research of controlling the subjective score gap of the compositions in primary school tests, high school graduation examinations and national college entrance examinations, firstly, this paper discloses the cause of composition scoring problems, summarizes the testing methods adopted by Chinese scholars and the improvements of the technique in assigning topics, then contrasts the different effects of the two popular scoring measures, and describes how to categorize the scoring items, how to choose qualified teachers for scoring and how ot control the scoring process. Secondly, this paper brings about the steps of making scale tables for composition scoring, and techniques to check the scoring quality. Finally it reports the practical process and quality indicators advanced in the author's The Scale Tables for High School Students' Composition Scoring With Different Grades According to Separate Scoring Categories.