Mark Schwartz, WriQ Product Manager

Starting the school year off on the ‘write’ foot

For many of you, “Back to School” season is beginning to heat up like well, an August afternoon. For others, you’re already well underway and back in the swing of things! Regardless of where you are in your school calendar, the WriQ team has a couple of announcements to help you get started on the “write” foot!

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Google Classroom integration is here! 

First, is a Google Classroom integration that allows teachers to import their G Classroom lists, and see and compare data for each class. The “classroom” screen on the Dashboard gives teachers the ability to immediately compare average metrics including WriQ Score, Vocabulary Maturity, Words Per Minute (typed), and Accurate Word percentage. This integration puts WriQ data in a more accessible location and provides a quick snapshot of student writing progress.

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New scoring “fuel gauges”

Second, is the addition of “fuel gauges” within student pages on the dashboard. For all premium licensed students, teachers will see two gauges, one for average rubric score and one for average WriQ score. We know that the WriQ score is new and might be hard to describe. These visual indicators make interpreting the numerical metrics of both WriQ score and Rubric Score easier to understand. If you or your students would like a deeper dive into the WriQ score, check out this previous blog article

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These gauges provide more context for teachers, students and parents to understand what the WriQ score means. Both gauges are based only on docs with a WriQ score less than or equal to 400. WriQ scores that are over 400, are outside of the established norms. This is likely caused by a Time on Task metric that is too low. For example, if a student writes their intro paragraph in one document, their first main body paragraph in a second document, etc, and then copies and pastes them all together in a final document, the time on task will only reflect the editing time in that final doc. The time on task would register as only a minute or two, and would skew the total WriQ score to be too high to be considered within the normal range. The doc will still exist in the history of scored docs for a student, and other metrics will be available. But the data overall will not count towards a student’s averages in any of the data categories. Nor will it count towards any of the classroom averages.  

We hope you find these updates help you save even more time grading papers and gaining benchmark assessments of your students’ writing to start the school year! 

Two other quick but exciting notes for this busy Back to School time: First is the #WriQChallenge that some of you may have seen on our social media posts. We’re asking teachers to provide their favorite “getting to know you” writing prompts. The winner will receive a premium subscription to WriQ! More details can be found here, in our blog post announcing the contest.

Second, I would like to direct your attention to the Google for Education Back to School blog, The Keyword, which is highlighting WriQ’s Google Classroom integration in its post this week. The entire WriQ team is extremely proud of this recognition and thanks Google for their continued support!


Dr. Bahrodin,M.M.Pd. 11/09/2019 5:32:57 PM




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