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Scoring

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Crosswalk between WTL and Iowa Core Writing Standards

Useful Resources


Scoring

WriteToLearn® is a web-based writing practice tool for building writing skills and developing reading comprehension. ISFIS partners with Pearson in offering Iowa schools WriteTolearn®, which electronically scores student essay and summary writing.

 Also, Pearson partners with Iowa Testing to provide the state writing test, a part of the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). Both WriteToLearn® and the writing test from the ISASP use the Pearson scoring engine to score the student essay writing. While the feedback language provided to students may differ slightly within each rubric, the scoring is the same. Here are links to rubrics used in WriteToLearn® essay writing and the one rubric used in the ISASP writing assessment.

  • College and Career Readiness 5 (CCR5): This is the rubric used in the ISASP writing test and also is used to score some of the essay prompts in WriteTolearn®: Rubrics Used for Scoring Student Responses to the ISASP Writing Test.
  • 6-Traits of Writing was the initial scoring rubric used when WriteToLearn® was developed. There are many prompts in WriteToLearn® that provide feedback using the 6-Traits language. While this language isn’t used in the state test, remember that the scoring engine is the same, so using these prompts will help students develop into more skilled writers, should they write to prompts using the 6 Traits rubric.
  • ELL Scoring Rubric: This rubric supports students who are emerging English speakers as they develop their writing skills. Scoring Rubric ELL

In the case of WriteToLearn® the scoring engine also scores student summary writing. Summary writing is not scored using a general scoring rubric. Summary writing activities are scored by comparing the content of what the student writes and the content of the reading to be summarized and how well they align.

These rubrics are used in the scoring of the WriteToLearn essays:

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Directions

How To...Log In and Establish a Password

How To...Make a Group

How To...Three Ways to Make an Assignment

How To...Consider Tone

How To...Contact WriteToLearn Technical Support

 

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Crosswalk between WriteToLearn and Iowa Core Writing Standards

Find the standards here.

 

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Useful Resources

Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively:
IES: What Works Clearinghouse

 

Teaching Elementary Students to Be Effective Writers:
IES: What Works Clearinghouse

The New York Times Learning Network

The New York Times Webinar: "Teaching with Our Mentor Texts"

Paula Dal Ponte's WriteToLearn Student Survey.

 

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We are always looking to make the user experience easier, so any ideas or questions you have about this document should be directed to Susie (susie@iowaschoolfinance.com or 641-745-5284). Thanks!