Jason Carroll, Global Product Manager

What's the WriQ score?

WriQ® is Texthelp’s newest Google Chrome extension designed to help teachers assess student writing in Google Docs. 

While the extension is new, WriQ itself has been around for over 2 years as an Add-on for  Google Docs. Thanks to feedback from thousands of users, WriQ has been completely re-written as a Google extension to provide more flexibility, features, and a better experience for users. 

Something new to the WriQ extension that was not part of the Add-on is the WriQ score. The WriQ score is meant to provide a meaningful number to help teachers know how well their students are writing by taking into account several useful metrics along with a national norms comparison. 

Keep reading to learn how the score is calculated… 


WriQ score

To help understand how the WriQ score was developed, it sometimes helps to look at a related field - assessing reading fluency.

When reading, it is common for books and reading passages to be sorted by lexile level. This level indicates the complexity of the text being read or assigned. 

When measuring the reading fluency of a student who is learning to read, an appropriate passage is chosen based on lexile, then a teacher typically listens to the student read that passage to establish how many words they are reading correctly per minute. This provides a “correct words per minute,” or CWPM, score. 

The researchers Hasbrouck & Tindal have done an excellent job in creating a norms chart that explains how many words correct per minute a student should be reading based on their grade and time of year. This means that if you calculate a CWPM score for a student you can instantly know if they are on target, ahead of the class, or struggling to keep up with their peers. 

Unfortunately there aren’t lexile levels or norms for writing, so knowing how a student (or school or district) is performing when writing is extremely difficult if not impossible. That’s where the WriQ score comes in… 

When considering a student’s writing, and comparing the metrics of their writing to other students in their cohort group, it can be helpful to consider:

  • Productivity - Their writing output - how many words did they actually write
  • Accuracy - Their grammatical accuracy - how many correct word sequences did they create.
  • Pace -  Their writing speed or pace - how many words per minute, and more specifically how many correct word sequences per minute did they write
  • Maturity - How does their vocabulary maturity compare with the national norms.
Productivity and accuracy have previously shown to be useful measures of student writing progress and have been widely adopted in many writing assessment applications. The standard measure for productivity and accuracy when writing is generally referred to as correct word sequences (CWS) and Incorrect Word Sequences (ICWS). To understand these measures, think of any two words together forming a sequence. If one of the two words is incorrect in some way it makes that sequence incorrect. The more correct word sequences (and less incorrect word sequences) the better. 

Unfortunately the calculation of CWS and ICWS scores by teachers has been such a slow and laborious process they are not all that practical to use in today’s classroom.  Teachers just do not have time. 

In addition to productivity and accuracy, writing pace and text maturity are also valuable measures of writing. Until recently there has not been a means of accurately assessing how long a student spends writing a passage, and the automated assessment of text maturity was not widely available. 

Changes in available technology has made it possible to:
  • Automatically estimate the CWS and ICWS measures and make it simple for teachers to modify those estimates - removing the time consuming “busy work” of creating these measures.  This greatly simplifies the assessment of Productivity and Accuracy
  • Automatically track the time spent writing in Google Docs and Microsoft Word - the tools most widely used for student writing - providing a measurement of Pace.
  • Automatically provide an assessment of text Maturity
Tying these scores together has allowed WriQ to display a single score that can give educators a much more accurate picture of student progress. And because the WriQ score has been developed based on research of tens of thousands of writing samples by students across grade levels and scored by teachers, it can also provide a national comparison (similar to Hasbrouck & Tindal’s oral reading fluency norms) based off a student’s grade and the time of year. 

Would you like to try WriQ out for yourself? Add our extension from the Chrome Web Store
 

Comments

Tricia Baumer 07/11/2019 22:19:16
I have just started to use wriQ to assess my student's writing. What is the range of the possible wriQ score? I have been discussing with my students and wanted to make sure they understand how low and high their scores can go. Thanks!

Deena Kimmel 08/11/2019 15:11:30
Hi Tricia! The WriQ Score generally ranges between 0 and 400, but a high or low score would depend on the grade of the student. We provide a "fuel gauge" type indicator in the extension that helps to show where the student is at. Premium users also have access to norms to see where a student is compared with a national norms set.

Here's a blog that provides some additional information: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/company/education-blog/august-2019/starting-the-school-year-off-on-the-%E2%80%98write%E2%80%99-foot/.

Let us know if you have any more questions! Thanks!

Matthew Tanswell 29/10/2019 23:26:15
Hello,
I'm a teacher from Australia so some of our spelling is different. Is there a way to override spelling mistakes, or to add to a dictionary? This would be useful for slang and abbreviated words that may be relevant to the writing.

Deena Kimmel 30/10/2019 12:40:22
Hi Matthew. Thanks for your question and your interest in WriQ. Yes, teachers can go in and change any of the autograded items. So, if WriQ finds what it considers a spelling mistake, you could go in and see it is in fact not a spelling mistake. Please let us know if you have any additional questions as you explore!

Mindy Hicks 11/09/2019 17:06:55
I'm a special ed teacher and love the concept of a WriQ score because writing is the hardest area for me when giving data and grade level skills reference. But, i can't figure out how to translate the WriQ score into usable data as far as what a score means. Thank you!

Deena Kimmel 12/09/2019 14:00:32
Hi Mindy - - We just posted a new blog that gives a bit more information about the WriQ Score and how to evaluate the number. Here's the link: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/company/education-blog/august-2019/starting-the-school-year-off-on-the-%E2%80%98write%E2%80%99-foot/. Let us know if you have any more questions!

Deena Kimmel 05/09/2019 20:45:39
Hi Diane - We just posted a new blog that gives a bit more information about the WriQ Score and how to evaluate the number. Here's the link: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/company/education-blog/august-2019/starting-the-school-year-off-on-the-%E2%80%98write%E2%80%99-foot/. Let us know if you have any more questions!

Diane DeFord 04/09/2019 22:28:31
With school starting, evaluating samples of writing is key. I'd like the norms and directions on ways to evaulate samples for 6th grade for productivity, accuracy, pace, and maturity. I know there is a program for doing it, but I want to understand how this evaluation system evaluates these characteristics and the writing metric used in this WriQ scoring system (like Scott's question above).

Deena Kimmel 05/09/2019 20:46:08
Hi Diane - We just posted a new blog that gives a bit more information about the WriQ Score and how to evaluate the number. Here's the link: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/company/education-blog/august-2019/starting-the-school-year-off-on-the-%E2%80%98write%E2%80%99-foot/. Let us know if you have any more questions!

Deena Kimmel 03/06/2019 20:28:09
Hi Linda,

Thanks for your comment. We will let you know as soon as the chart is available!

Thanks for your patience,
Deena

Duncan Cairns 03/06/2019 19:56:13
Hello,

Has there been any news on the grade level writing chart?

Thank you,
Duncan

Deena Kimmel 03/06/2019 20:27:06
Hi Duncan,

Thanks for following up! The WriQ development team is actively working on the new chart that will help teachers better understand the WriQ Score. We will let you know as soon as it's available. Thank you in advance for your patience.

~ Deena

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