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Making Digital Writing Assessment Fair for Diverse Writers

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Abstract: The move to large-scale digital writing assessment brings about considerations related to validity, reliability, and fairness. In this chapter, I discuss the issue of fairness in digital writing assessment and suggest possible ways that considerations of fairness may be brought into the design and use of digital writing assessment. Although there are many sources where we may look for guidance on fairness in assessing digital writing, a useful starting point is the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. The Standards offer agreed-upon principles for the design, administration, and interpretation of educational and psychological tests and have been adopted by writing assessment scholars. In this chapter, I explain several of the 12 fairness guidelines offered in the Standards and explain their significance for digital writing assessment. In the end, I argue that digital writing assessment must go beyond the inductive design of rubrics to include theoretically informed fairness inquiries to ensure that we are working to make digital writing assessment equitable for all students.

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