I’m currently heading up an assessment of Purdue’s first year writing program. We are collecting and analyzing a variety of student writing and beginning to report the results. This might be of interest to you if you teach or are interested in theories and practices of writing assessment. Note that this and other assessments are exploratory pilots, which will provide evidence for which aspects to refine for the full study next year.
Here’s a brief update I prepared on one of the assignments we piloted, the rhetorical analysis: Assessing the rhetorical analysis.