Question: What are significant predictors in holistic scoring of writing?
Answer: “Only mechanics and appearance were significant predictors of holistic scores.” CC Stach. 1987. P. 444.
Comment: My impression of a number of research studies seems to indicate that mechanics, in spite of instructions not to pay special attention to them, do affect holistic ratings of writing. The second significant factor, appearance, would become a non-factor if students could use a word processor when writing test essays. RayS.
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” RK Durst and JD Marshall, Eds. Research in the Teaching of English (December 1988), 434-452.