Florida Standards Reading Program
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Write Score fully aligns to the Florida Standards for English Language Arts 2-12 for Reading and provides materials to help measure and instruct on those standards.
Our formative reading program consists of three main components:
text-based assessments including both informational and literary texts. Tests for grades 3-12 consist of five passages and 25 questions, including a standards-based editing task. Grade 2 tests are a bit shorter, with four articles and 14 questions.
detailed, accessible reading data at the student, class, school, and district levels
robust instructional materials to support student reading and save teachers’ time
The program also contains the following additional and useful items…
|Sharpen Up Videos||Engage students with this series of animated writing videos that includes writing strategies and practice.|
|Student Access Data||Students can access and review each set of assessment data through student accounts.|
|Standards Explorer||Quickly identify, filter, and search for Write Score lessons using our Standards Explorer.|
Students who use our reading assessments have a testing experience that is very similar to the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) in both structure and difficulty. Each assessment includes five grade-appropriate articles with annotated text features, multiple choice, multi-select, two-part, and short open response questions. Assessments are administered via our online testing platform (when paper-pencil tests are not selected) which has a look and feel similar to the online Florida Standards platform. Digital tools in our online platform function similarly to those on the FSA, allowing for students to practice and become comfortable.
Data results are returned quickly via an online teacher data report which breaks the scoring into “clusters” of standards: Key Ideas & Details, Craft & Structure, Integration of Knowledge & Ideas, and Language & Conventions. Within those reporting categories, specific standard-level detail helps provide targeted data to use in monitoring student proficiency and making instructional decisions.
Keeping in mind the demands on teachers’ planning time, Write Score includes a bank of instructional materials aligned to each reading standard. Approximately 30 lesson sets per grade level are available at the beginning of the year in each grade level and are divided by specific standards and question types. Many lesson plan sets include a lesson plan that is written in the gradual release of responsibility, a student handout, and a teachers’ edition.
After students’ results are released, post-assessment resources become available, including access to the actual student assessment and a teacher’s edition with explanations and details for each question and correct answer.
Reading Assessments include:
Literary and Informational Texts that are measured for complexity and readability with qualitative and quantitative measures, along with structure, purpose, and language complexity.
Standards-based Questions that access grade level standards from four reporting categories: Key Ideas & Details, Craft & Structure, Integ. of Knowledge & Ideas, Language & Conventions.
Assessment Blueprints provide detailed outlines of tests and explain the knowledge levels, skills, and types of questions found within each assessment.
Professional Hand-Scoring of Open Response Items.
Grade 2 includes two literary and two informational texts with 14 Standards-based Questions (12 Selected Response and 2 Open Response items) that assess grade-level standards in Florida’s four reporting categories.
Grades 3-12 include two literary and two informational texts with 20 Standards-based Questions -(18 Selected Response and 2 Open Response items) that assess grade-level standards in Florida’s four reporting categories. Additionally, there are 5 Standards-based Editing Questions which include a passage with grammar, spelling, and punctuation questions.
Note – we also offer reading assessments without open response questions for grades 2-12.
Student Testing Platform
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Assessment Question Types
- Selected Response is a multiple choice question with one correct answer.
Multi-Select Response is a multiple choice question with more than one correct answer.
Two-Part Evidence-Based Selected Response in which the student selects the correct answers from Part 1 and Part 2. Part 2 requires the student to use the text to support the answer in Part 1.
Open Response in which students construct responses that are concise and focus on keywords
- Technology-Enhanced Items such as Hot Text and Drag & Drop items are included.
Editing Tasks and Assessment Blueprints
Write Score’s targeted instruction to improve writing is further simplified with our one-click bank of instructional materials, directly from the Educator Portal. Lesson plan sets are written to state standards in the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model. Our engaging content and structure of lessons help keep students’ interest for optimal learning!
We are pleased to offer powerful data reporting, lesson plan sets that are divided by specific standards and question types, practice sets with text, and professional development tools to assist with implementation and instruction.
Our Reading Instructional Components Include:
Alignment to the Florida Standards
Informational and Literary Texts
Practice Questions for Assessed Standards
Open Response Lessons
Editing Task Practice
Administrators and teachers alike will find that Write Score’s Online Educator Portal is a valuable tool for enriching classroom instruction, personalizing learning, and tracking students’ growth. Our Educator Portal provides teachers and administrators with quick and easy access to all the Write Score testing tools, data, and resources for our reading and writing programs.
Teachers and administrators will find the information they need in their customized dashboards including:
step-by-step instructions, rosters, video tutorials, and testing schedules.
student test monitoring in real time to quickly note overall class and grade-level testing completion percentages and progress.
multiple detailed and accessible data reports to facilitate the analysis of student performance, helping instructors identify specific weaknesses, strengths, and trends.
each grade level of our reading and writing programs includes a large bank of engaging lesson plans and resources that correlates to data reports, helping simplify targeted instruction.
how-to resources are also included and accessible to educators.
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