Examining the effects of adult and peer mediated goal setting and feedback interventions for writing: Two studies

Julianna Alitto, Christine K. Malecki, Samantha Coyle, Alecia Santuzzi

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The current study investigated the effects of goal setting and performance feedback on Curriculum Based Measurement in Written Expression (CBM-WE). This two-study investigation examined the utility of the intervention using two different delivery mechanisms. In Study 1, fourth grade students (n = 114) were provided both with (a) feedback from their teachers regarding their performance on CBM-WE probes and (b) new weekly goals or no feedback and goals, once a week for a ten-week intervention period. Study 2 examined the effects of this intervention with a sample of fifth grade students (n = 106) when feedback and individual goals were provided by peers within their classrooms twice weekly over the course of eight weeks compared to a practice only control condition. Results in both studies indicated that students receiving the goal setting and feedback intervention performed significantly higher on production-dependent writing indices post-intervention than control groups (ES =.12-.28). Implications regarding the usefulness of goal setting and feedback utilizing CBM procedures are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-109
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of School Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016



  • Curriculum-based measurement
  • Feedback
  • Goal setting
  • Intervention
  • Peer-mediated intervention
  • Writing

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