Instant Essay Scoring

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Immediate evaluation of student writing is both convenient and highly motivational. Based on over 40 years of research, the celebrated PEG scoring software used in Utah Write provides instant scoring that shows the skill level of each writing sample. Unlimited practice opportunities!

Multi-category Scoring

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In addition to providing scores on a 1 to 5 point scale for six writing categories, the custom student report also includes targeted feedback on the strengths and weaknesses in each writing category:

  • Development of Ideas: The use of appropriate reasons, details, and examples that enhance and develop the presentation.
  • Organization: The writer's ability to develop a logical plan of organization and maintain control throughout the paper.
  • Style: How well the writer communicates with the reader and shows awareness of the audience, task, and purpose.
  • Word Choice: Use of specific vocabulary and vividness of language.
  • Sentence Structure: Correct usage, variety, and completeness of sentences.
  • Conventions: The correct and effective use of spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

The custom score report also includes teacher-generated scores and feedback for two additional categories:

  • Textual Evidence: The writer’s ability to select and utilize support and details from stimulus material, as well as the accuracy of the information conveyed.
  • Content Accuracy: The writer’s ability to correctly use information and concepts gained from a specific lesson, group of lessons, or stimulus material in a specific subject area.

Editing Marks

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The system returns each student response with editing marks indicating areas needing attention. The teacher can also add his or her own editorial remarks and make comments to guide writing improvement strategies.

Progress Tracking

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Every writing sample that a student submits is stored in a personal portfolio. At any time, the student can open and review any essays written in the past. Students also are given a personal writing tracking tool that shows writing progress over time and time spent on the tutorials.

Prewriting Exercises

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Students can organize their writing using one of several graphic organizers. Organizers are recommended based on the type of writing prompt.

Animated Tutorials

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Dozens of grade-appropriate animated tutorials entertain as they teach writing skills. Aligned to the writing categories, activities are designed to improve development of ideas, organization, word choice, sentence structure, and conventions.

Learning Center

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Utah Write has a wealth of interactive writing activities that students can view 24/7. These include game-based skill development, editing activities, and practice scoring opportunities. Learning to write was never this fun!

Grammar Exercises

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The fundamentals of grammar and sentence structure will always form the foundation of good writing. At a click students can find exercises to improve on specific writing analytics with hours of practice improving verb tense, agreement, pronoun usage, punctuation, and twelve other key areas.

Revision Passages

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Just like professional editors, students are presented with real writing passages that need improvement. Dozens of thought-provoking passages give students hours of hands-on development of editing skills at basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Roster Management

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Teachers can easily add students to the roster or remove them, essential tools for managing today's changing student populations. With a few clicks a teacher can also edit each student's information, including detailing student demographics under NCLB sub-group categories.

Portfolios

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Teachers can select any student from a handy drop-down list and see the total history of their writing. It's easy to view individual essays or track a student's monthly progress in each of the six writing categories. Instant access to student progress data can guide teachers on instructional interventions.

Class Reports

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Convenient tools enable teachers to sort students into demographic groups and track the progress of each demographic group feature by feature. This way, teachers will always know which students need more attention in specific writing skill areas.

Editing Tools

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Utah Write provides teachers with useful editing tools. Teachers can paste electronic notes directly onto each student response and make improvement suggestions. A friendly text-messaging feature is also available to facilitate communication between teacher and student.