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Master of Science


Center for the Advancement of Education


Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement Programs, Academically Gifted, Writing Instruction, Writing Research, Writing Skills, Writing Evaluation, Essay Tests, Holistic Evaluation, Rhetoric, Evaluation Methods, Test Construction, Testing Problems.


The high percentage of Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Students receiving below average grades on the Advanced Placement Examination was addressed by the implementation of a composition program including the use of the rubric as an instructional device, the use of forensic invention as an instructional strategy teaching writing in the argumentative mode of rhetorical discourse, and the use of intensive weekend sessions of test simulation. Results were measured by a pre-test post-test essay examination graded holistically by a qualifier reader using a scoring rubric. Students were expected to improve to a standard equaling that of the national sample. It is expected that elements pf the program will be expanded to include department implementation and cross-curricular application.

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