PULLMAN, Wash.— Diane Kelly-Riley, co-director of WSU’s Writing Program, has been named the co-editor of the Journal of Writing Assessment. Sharing the helm with Riley is Peggy O’Neill, a professor of writing and composition program director at Loyola University, Maryland.
Kelly-Riley says changes are in the works for the publication that will enhance its reach and impact. The biggest single change may come in January 2012 when Volume 5, Issue 1 will move the journal to an all online format.
 O’Neil is also the co-author of a book with Brian Huot, Kent State University in Ohio, who launched the Journal of Writing Assessment in 2003.
“Peggy and I looked at journal trends, and decided that going to a free, online, open-access format is the right thing to do,” she says.  “This will make current scholarship on writing assessment as up-to-date, useful, and available to practitioners as possible.”
“We proposed it to Brian (Huot), and he said, ‘Go for it,’ and we checked with the journal’s 24-member national editorial board and got another ‘OK,’ so we are going to try it.”
Assisting Kelly-Riley in her editing duties will be Rachel Barouch Gilbert, educational psychology graduate student.

Over the years, journal articles have investigated all things relating to writing assessment: grading and response, historical perspectives, theory, educational measurement, book reviews, etc. Authors come from K-12, college classes, and large-scale assessment and non-educational settings.

As with the print journal, online articles will undergo the rigorous peer-review process.
Financial support to develop the online format came from Harold and Jeanne (Rounds) Olsen, long-time supporters of the Writing Program.