Wow this is really enlightening! I know in my own experience, teaching writing for one semester, assessment was one of my biggest challenges. Even though I met with my supervisor regularly for norming sessions and I had a clear understanding of our rubric system, I still felt like my judgement were very subjective. Assessment is often such a big part of our students' grades and, like you said, a big part of our workload as teachers. Obviously more research needs to be done in this field. Even still, the nature of writing doesn't lend itself to a one-size-fits-all type of assessment. There will always be some level of subjectivity as to what is competent writing. In this way, I think L2 writing instructors have it much easier than L1 writing instructors.
My questions from this point forward: Is there a way to normalize/standardize writing assessment without adhering to strict formulas? How can we as teacher boost our confidence in writing assessment so that we can be assured we are truly helping our students and measuring their abilities accurately? What types of research should be begin to engage in to further contribute to the research?
Thanks for a great, thought-provoking post Krystie!