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Scale for the Measurement of Quality in English Composition by Young People: What the Scale Measures


by Milo B. Hillegas - 1912

The scale is composed of sample English compositions, the qualities of which have been determined by more than four hundred competent judges. The values which are assigned to the various samples express their quality in the same sense, though not as accurately, as milimeters express the lengths of lines. Just as 183 mm, may be expressed by 18.3 cm. or 1.83 dm., so the 183 employed in this scale may be considered as 183 small units of quality, or as 18.3 units ten times as large, or as 1.83 units one hundred times as large. The values here employed should not be confused with the customary per cents that are used in rating English compositions. A difference of two hundred in this scale is equal to twice a difference of one hundred taken in any part of the scale. Thus sample 94 with a value of 369 is a little more than twice as good an English composition as sample 595 with a value of 183. Sample 519 with a value of 474 is about one-half as good as sample 177 with a value of 937.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 13 Number 4, 1912, p. 9-12
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10166, Date Accessed: 1/27/2020 8:29:23 AM

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