ELA Writing - MCAS-Alt

ELAWriting Presented by: Patty Sprano Dianne Costello MCAS-Alt Teacher Consultants What is Writing? ELAWriting is the use of a students primary mode of communic ation to recount/retell, explain, clarify, argue, persuade, create, or express, based on a text or topic (ELA Resource Guide).

Not Tracing Not Copying Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education What does ELAWriting assess? ELAWriting assesses expressive communication by the student: o sharing experiences, opinions, ideas, and/or facts o discussing books, articles, stories, poetry, video o sharing knowledge with an audience

ELAWriting does not assess a students ability to: o hold a writing instrument o copy or trace letters or words o circle answers on a worksheet Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Bathroom activities will not be scored! Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Required Elements for Writing 1 Baseline Sample: The baseline should be the students first attempt at the writing proces

s and dated prior to the final samples. Baseline can be a brainstorming activity, graphic organizer, outline, or 3 draft Final Samples: 3 distinct writing samples with valid dates, plus 3 pre-scored rubrics for each sample. Final samples can either be the final version of the baseline or any other text types. (all the same text type is also okay). Final samples for students using access skills will include a written product produced by the teacher, noting student participation. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Required Elements for Writing

Baselin e writing sample + 1 Work 3 Different Writing Description for Rubrics each Final Writing Samples( Ind. scored)

Sample X X + 90 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education + Writing

Sample (not scored) 3 Pre-Scrored A sample is a permanent product of the student's expressive co mmunication. 10/18/18 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Pre-Scoring the Writing Samples Teachers will pre-score each of their students final writing samp

les, using standardized scoring rubrics. o Include completed scoring rubric with each final writing sample. o Scorers will verify the teachers scores. o Use the scoring rubrics provided for each text type. Scoring rubrics include the following: o Level of Complexity o Demonstration of Skills and Concepts (DSC) Expression of Ideas and Content (clarity) Text Structure (words, phrases, sentences) Conventions (mechanics) Vocabulary (appropriate, related) o Independence (frequency of prompts)

o Self-Evaluation Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education When Might a Scorer Change a Pre-Scored Rubric? If the pre-scored rubric contained scores of 3s or 4s for DSC, AND If the writing sample included only: o single words, pictures, phrases, or list of words; OR o fill-in-the-blank, matching, true/false, circled responses; OR o text provided by the teacher (i.e., no evidence of student input or inv olvement); THEN The score was lowered to 1 or 2. Pre-scored

Writing Rubric Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Examples: Why rubric scores were lowered by scorers e h t n i l

Fil k n a -bl Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Why Some Rubric Scores Were Lowered Multiple-choice (circling

correct responses) Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (continued) Text provided by teacher, with no student Look at the writing sample below Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Look at the criteria for each area and score this studen t's sample. X Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 77 % A student working on Access Skills should score 1s in DSC

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Scoring Independence for Writing by either: The Word... OR By the Sentence... 6/9= 66% Ind I P

I P 50% Ind I I I I

P I I P Independence for writing should be based on prompting provided at the word, sentence, or paragraph level.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education One Method of Scoring Independence for a Student using a Co mmunication Device 9/1/18 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Lets Recap ! What is Writing? Expressive Communication What is required for the ELAWriting MC

AS-Alt Portfolio? 1 baseline sample in any text type 3 final different samples in any text type 3 completed scoring rubrics Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Recap (Continued) How are writing samples scored? By the teacher, in each rubric area, based only on the stu dents responses. Use only the state-provided scoring rubric. Meet all criteria specified in the rubric before moving up to the next higher score.

Document the independence of the student's responses a t the word or sentence level. Hint: Use online forms and graphs for ease and clari ty. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education THANK YOU Debra Hand, MCAS-Alt Coordinator 781-338-3625 www.doe.mass.edu [email protected]

75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148

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