3 Great Ways to Assess Writing Standards

By on January 9, 2017

Assessing writing takes time. Lots of time. No one has really nailed grading writing. Holistic rubrics and Turnitin.com have been the most modern innovations when it comes to writing. LiteracyTA hasn't found a way to auto-grade an essay (sorry English teachers and teachers of writing), but we are innovating and finding ways to make grading writing faster and more effective.

Arguably, the most important step in the writing process is crafting a thesis or central claim. With LiteracyTA's Assessment Tool...

  1. students can practice writing a central claim (without writing a whole paper) and engage in the learning process by rating their confidence level and explaining their data.
  2. teachers can view their data dashboards and quickly grade what students have written and write comments to the students.
  3. teachers can use good data (confidence levels, scores, and student responses) to drive and differentiate instruction.

LiteracyTA's Digital Marking Assessment Tool is also great for formatively assessing grammar. You can have students practice simple, compound, and complex sentences or have them identify specific features in a sentence. This particular assessment type is nice because our tool can auto-grade digital marking. 

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

W1
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
W2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
W3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
L1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L2
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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