Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future

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Asao Inoue, University of Washington Tacoma

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 978-1-6023577-4-7

Publisher: WAC Clearinghouse

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Reviewed by Umme Al-wazedi, Associate Professor, English and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, on 6/20/2018.

The text covers a very important aspect--designing assignments that bring equity in the classroom. Different students, such as first generation … read more



Reviewed by Warren Christian, English Language Specialist, University of North Carolina's Writing Center, on 6/20/2018.

Inoue delivers a clear and well-pointed critique of the racist implications of established college-level writing assessments setting up the need for … read more



Reviewed by Melissa Wells, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Mary Washington, on 6/20/2018.

In this text, Inoue offers an incredibly comprehensive view of a subject about an area that deserves more intentional attention: antiracist writing … read more



Reviewed by Shane Abrams, Adjunct Faculty, Portland Community College and Portland State University, on 8/16/2017.

This text provides incisive yet accessible exploration of the institutional hegemonic racisms upon which many of our assumptions about "good" writing … read more



Reviewed by Callie Palmer, Instructor, Linn Benton Community College, on 6/21/2017.

Inoue addresses the writing task and assessment as an "ecology" which frames the work as a living, breathing entity capable of evolving. He provides … read more



Reviewed by Antonette Aragon, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, on 12/6/2016.

The book has a clear comprehensiveness. It shows an effective coverage of the subjects appropriate to the subject within it's index, notes, and … read more


Table of Contents

  • Front Matter
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Writing Assessment Ecologies as Antiracist Projects
  • Chapter 1: The Function of Race in Writing Assessments
  • Chapter 2: Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies
  • Chapter 3: The Elements of an Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecology
  • Chapter 4: Approaching Antiracist Work in an Assessment Ecology
  • Chapter 5: Designing Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies
  • Notes
  • References
  • Appendix A: English 160W's Grading Contract
  • Appendix B: Example Problem Posing Labor Process

About the Book

In Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies, Asao B. Inoue theorizes classroom writing assessment as a complex system that is "more than" its interconnected elements. To explain how and why antiracist work in the writing classroom is vital to literacy learning, Inoue incorporates ideas about the white racial habitus that informs dominant discourses in the academy and other contexts. Inoue helps teachers understand the unintended racism that often occurs when teachers do not have explicit antiracist agendas in their assessments. Drawing on his own teaching and classroom inquiry, Inoue offers a heuristic for developing and critiquing writing assessment ecologies that explores seven elements of any writing assessment ecology: power, parts, purposes, people, processes, products, and places.

About the Contributors


Asao B. Inoue is Director of University Writing and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma. He has published on writing assessment, validity, and composition pedagogy in Assessing Writing, The Journal of Writing Assessment, Composition Forum, and Research in the Teaching of English, among other journals and collections. His co-edited collection Race and Writing Assessment (2012) won the CCCC's Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection.