Many of the elements of PEG Writing® can be tailored to meet client specific needs. MI has developed several state-specific programs that incorporate the central features and elements of PEG Writing. Although the included prompts and the scoring rubrics may have been modified to meet state-specific needs, these state-specific programs comprise the core features of PEG Writing, thereby meeting more focused requirements, while still including those elements that set PEG Writing apart from other, similar programs.
NC Write™ is one of Measurement Incorporated’s online formative writing assessment programs. Developed with North Carolina educators in mind and incorporating key elements of NC-based approaches to writing, the program provides a suite of instructional activities and assessment information that can used by students and teachers throughout the school year to develop students’ writing skills and to inform instruction. Students in grades 3 through 12 can log in to our password-protected website from school or from home to engage in unlimited writing practice. Writing responses are scored with MI’s artificial intelligence (AI) scoring engine, which provides immediate feedback on central aspects of students’ essays. Teachers may view individual student results, and receive ongoing student progress reports, allowing them to coach students in areas identified for improvement.
NC Write comes with over 300 ready-to-use, age-appropriate writing prompts at multiple levels of difficulty. Prompts span a variety of topics and genres, including argumentative, informational/explanatory, and narrative. In addition to the MI-supplied prompts, teachers can create their own prompts for student essays that can then be automatically scored by MI’s AI scoring engine. Additional stimulus materials, such as reading passages, website links, and images can be uploaded to custom teacher prompts, thereby encouraging the development of students’ research skills and the use of textual evidence in their writing.
The provided scores are based on the Six Traits of Writing: development of ideas, organization, style, word choice, sentence structure, and conventions, with feedback based on proficiency in each trait linked to hundreds of online writing tutorials, activities, and exercises designed to help students improve specific writing skills. The grade-appropriate exercises and animated tutorials entertain as they teach writing skills. Furthermore, students and teachers can refer to anchor responses at each score level and prompt type to use as guides for good writing.
Utah Compose™ is another “state-branded” online formative writing assessment program created by MI. Utah is provided free of charge at the fifth- and eighth-grade levels to all Utah public schools through a contract with the Utah State Office of Education, and local districts and schools may opt to purchase access to prompts and activities for all other grades from 3-12. The Utah Compose system provides teachers and students password-protected access to an easy-to-use, web-based program, complete with video guides, that is available at all times. Students can engage in unlimited writing practice opportunities with immediate automated scoring feedback, follow grade-appropriate tutorials, and participate in relevant learning exercises. Teachers can administer as many writing prompts of varying genres as they like, using any of the over 300 prepackaged prompts, many with stimulus material, or generate their own prompts. Teachers can also upload additional stimulus materials, such as reading passages, website links, and images to their custom prompts, to help students practice research skills and the use of textual evidence in their writing.
MI’s automated scoring engine, PEG, can immediately score essays of any length and on any topic. These scores are based on the Six Traits of Writing: development of ideas, organization, style, word choice, sentence structure, and conventions, and specific feedback based on each individual score. Students also are directed to lessons tied to the traits to help them improve their scores. These interactive animated tutorials can also be assigned by the teacher to individual students, groups, or whole classes for review and intervention. Exemplar essays are also available for students to use as guides in improving their writing. Student work is kept in electronic portfolios, which, in addition to progress and proficiency reports, allow teachers to track individual student and classroom-level progress and encourage students to be advocates for their own learning.