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Colleges differ on the role of exams in evaluating student writing | Inside Higher Ed

Colleges differ on the role of exams in evaluating student writing | Inside Higher Ed | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Building 21st Century Writers -- THE Journal

Building 21st Century Writers -- THE Journal | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Student achievement scores take off with the implementation of tech-supported writing initiatives that cross curriculum lines.


"Under normal circumstances, when a classroom of 30 students writes essays on paper and hands them into their teacher," Anderson explains, "it would be impossible to give them each feedback within 20 seconds, and by the time you do get back to the students with notes or corrections, they've mentally moved on from the assignment."

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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Writing for the Test (Ladies)

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Test Ladies™ unite! Timing truly is everything when we’re helping students prepare for the writing portion of the state assessment. Check out a strategy that gets kids writing—fast!

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Timed writing practice can help kids conquer their fear of the clock.  Here we have another take on Natalie Goldberg's classic advice:  Just keep the pen moving!  ~ Dennis

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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Preparing for the State Writing Assessment

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Many teachers have heard my spiel on the Test Lady™, the woman who scores the state prompt writings. Giving students a person or audience to write to is more motivating than if they think their writing will be scored by a machine. This is what prompted me to invent the Test Lady™--the old lady who reads and scores the state writing prompts. Students are more apt to try harder on this assessment, be more specific, and provide more detail when there is a live person on the other end of the writing.

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Writing Traits: Preparing for the State Writing Exam

Writing Traits: Preparing for the State Writing Exam | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This page of resources was created as a collaborative effort between the Northern Nevada Writing Project and Nevada's Northwest Regional Professional Development Program. Creating this set of resources required us to score thousands of student samples, write dozens of annotations, and design a series of instructional tools that were--first and foremost--good for writers, and good for test scores too.

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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Helping Kids Envision Their Audience

6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Helping Kids Envision Their Audience | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Advice from the test Lady:  Know your audience! 


"To help your writers envision this real live audience for their writing, consider having students draw portraits of the Test Lady™ on 11x17 paper. Hang them in the room as a constant reminder that a human being is on the other end of what they will write for the state writing prompt. "

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Most Students Who Should Be Taking AP Exams Aren't - Education - GOOD

Most Students Who Should Be Taking AP Exams Aren't - Education - GOOD | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

The number of students taking Advanced Placement exams is up, but according to the latest report from the College Board, a significant numbers of students that should be taking AP tests aren’t. They analyzed the performance of 771,000 PSAT-takers from the class of 2011 and discovered that 478,000 students—over 60 percent—did not take an AP exam even though their test scores indicated they could do well on one. In particular, the College Board found that high scoring students from black, Latino, and Native American backgrounds are "much less likely than their white and Asian peers" to take AP exams.

 

Eighty percent of black students whose scores indicated that they could have done well in AP classes never enrolled in them, and in the class of 2011 only 9 percent of AP exam-takers were black. By comparison, only 40 percent of Asian students and 60 percent of white students whose scores suggested they should be taking AP classes and exams don’t do so.


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Interested in an Online Graduate Course in the 6-Traits?

UW-Stout: EDUC 654 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 3 graduate credits | Online Professional Development for Teachers | NCATE Accredited 8 week 100% online class |