What is the Convey Ideas in Writing Performance Continuum?

The EFF Convey Ideas in Writing Performance Continuum is:

A developmental description of performance on the standard . . .

The continuum has been designed to describe performance in writing from Level 1 (roughly corresponding to the exit point for the beginning ABE and ESL levels on the National Reporting System) to Level 6 (corresponding to the exit point for adult secondary education).

A multidimensional description of performance on the standard . . .

Performance levels on Convey Ideas in Writing are defined by key features called dimensions of performance. They include:

  • the structure and depth of the knowledge base;
  • fluency of performance;
  • independence of performance;
  • range of performance.

A set of benchmarks for the development of proficiency on the
standard . . .

Performance level descriptors define points along the continuum that serve as benchmarks for key stages in development on the standard and for the increasing ability of adults to accomplish important activities in daily life that require the ability to convey ideas in writing.

A set of measures based on applied skills and processes . . .

The performance continuum reflects the kinds of applied knowledge and skills adults need to meet real world purposes and goals in their lives as workers, citizens, and family members. A summary of the key research principles underlying this approach can be found in the EFF Research to Practice Notes in the EFF Special Collection at http://eff.cls.utk.edu/products_services/online_publications.htm.

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