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State of Tennessee 5th Gr. Writing Assessment Sample Prompts

This is a formal extensive writing assessment. It could be used as either a formative or summative assessment depending on the time or context under which the assessor gives the test. The assessment is comprised of a writing prompt and the students are asked to write a personal narrative in a given time frame. The test is very authentic and valid because even though the students are given a topic to write about, they are given creative license to interpret it how they would like and there is no one correct answer. However because of the multiple answer possibilities it is only moderately reliable. Also, the test is time consuming and may require a team of raters which could make it impractical in some situations.