The Journal of Writing Assessment’s Reading List is excited to release our Summer 2023 Issue!
Our reviews in this issue explore four recent books related to assessment across a spectrum of educational contexts, including K-12 classrooms, two-year colleges, and four-year institutions. The texts also cover a range of assessment areas, including writing placement, writing in and across the disciplines, equitable classroom assessment, and high-stakes standardized testing in K-12 contexts. Reviews of the following texts are represented in this issue:
- Writing Placement in Two-Year Colleges: The Pursuit of Equity in Postsecondary Education, edited by Jessica Nastal, Mya Poe, and Christie Toth—reviewed by Megan Friess (Cypress College)
- Reframing Assessment to Center Equity: Theories, Models, and Practices, edited by Gavin W. Henning, Gianina R. Baker, Natasha A. Jankowski, Anne E. Lundquist and Erick Montenegro—reviewed by Stephanie Hedge (University of Illinois, Springfield)
- Assessing Writing to Support Learning: Turning Accountability Inside Out by Sandra Murphy, Peggy O’Neill—reviewed by Jeremy Levine (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
- Improving Outcomes: Disciplinary Writing, Local Assessment, and the Aims of Fairness edited by Diane Kelly-Riley, Norbert Elliot—reviewed by Anthony Lince (University of California, San Diego)
We are thankful for the energy and hard work of all of our reviewers and we hope their reviews bring renewed attention to these texts and help our readers discover new scholarship to enrich their work. We’d also like to thank our amazing team of graduate assistant editors: Kathleen Kryger (University of Arizona), Jennifer Burke Reifman (University of California, Davis), Tiffany Smith (Georgia State University), and Sarah Stetson (Brown University).
As always, we are interested in recruiting new reviewers; you can be added to our list by filling out this form. We’re also always interested in recommendations for new texts in writing assessment to review (self-promotion is welcome!); you can contact us at email@example.com.
Stacy Wittstock | Assistant Editor, JWA Reading List | University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Chris Blankenship | Assistant Editor, JWA Reading List | Salt Lake Community College