After Implementation: Assessing Student Self-Placement in College Writing Programs

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While a growing body of research provides instruction on how to implement methods of student self-placement (SSP), and specifically directed self-placement (DSP) for college writing courses, there is a gap in the literature about how to evaluate DSP after implementation. This article offers strategies and recommendations for assessing DSP processes based on the authors’ experiences of developing a new DSP mechanism and evaluating its effectiveness over several years. This article presents statistical data from our analysis of our institution’s DSP, which informs a heuristic set of questions that others can use to evaluate the effectiveness of their own SSP instrument after implementation. This analysis demonstrates the value of evaluating SSP process for writing programs as well as outlining issues that may emerge and should be considered when analyzing SSP.

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Journal of Writing Assessment is a peer-reviewed open access journal. © 2024 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Journal of Writing Assessment

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