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Each course for which you are registered will have its own home page. You can access practice essays, lessons, and your records of essay performances and improvement all from the course home page.
After you submit your practice essay for scoring, you will be directed to the Score Report page. This page contains a copy of your response, the scoring for your response, and a list of suggestions you can consider to improve your writing.
Each essay response receives a score in each of 8 skill categories:
Scores in each category range from 1 (Inadequate) to 5 (Strong). The essay's total score is the sum of the 8 component scores.
You can always work to improve your writing no matter what the score. However, categories that receive a score of 3 or lower should be targeted for special attention. Read the suggestions listed below the Scores section of the page as prompts to think about how to improve. There will be a list of suggestions for each category.
Project Essay Grade® (PEG®) software is an automated essay scoring solution based on more than 40 years of research by Dr. Ellis Batten Page, whose pioneering work in the field of computational linguistics has distinguished him as the father of computer-based essay scoring. Using advanced, proven statistical techniques, PEG analyzes written prose, calculates measures that reflect the intrinsic characteristics of writing (fluency, diction, grammar, construction, etc.), and models the decisions of professional readers to produce scores that deliver unparalleled accuracy and reliability. PEG's scoring results have been validated in more independent studies than all other essay scoring solutions combined.
Students and teachers can post messages to each other on the Score Report page for an essay. Both can access the Score Report page after signing in to review and post messages at any time.
The portfolio contains the record of all practice essays a student has completed, monthly score averages, and a progress graph to show how scores have changed over time. Students can access their portfolios from the home page after registering for a course.
The portfolio page contains four sections: Completed Essays, Monthly Averages, Progress, and Lesson Activity.
|Completed Essays||Lists each completed and scored essay. Click a date to review a score report for an essay.|
|Monthly Averages||Reports monthly averages for number of essays written, category scores, and total scores.|
Displays a graph depicting monthly total score averages.
Note: Graphs will only display after two months of essay data has accumulated.
|Lesson Activity||Reports time spent on each of the categories of lessons offered by Utah Write.|
Click the Navigation Tabs to jump to lessons, practice essays, portfolio, or back to the home page.
|Home Page Navigation Tabs|
|Access the course home page.|
|Write a practice essay.|
|View score history.|