Jason Carroll, Global Product Manager

What's the WriQ score?

The WriQ score is a recognised writing standard, establishing common expectations in writing assessment and achievement at a state or country level by the end of a designated grade level or year group. By gathering over 80,000 writing samples from students across grade levels and scored then by teachers, the WriQ score provides 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. 

So what about writing assessment then?

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 :

  • Accuracy - Their grammatical accuracy - how many correct word sequences did they create.
  • Maturity - How does their vocabulary maturity compare with the national norms. 
  • Diversity - Lexical Diversity is a measure of how many different words are used in a text.  It is a good measure of how complex a piece of writing is.


Diversity 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 (ICSW). 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 fewer incorrect word sequences) the better. 

Technology-assisted assessment‚Äč

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. 

However, changes in the technology available to teachers and students 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 assessing student writing for accuracy.
  • Automatically track the number of different words, divided by the number of total words, providing a measure of diversity.
  • Automatically provide an assessment of text maturity.

Tying these scores together has allowed WriQ to display a single score (on a 0-400 scale) that can give educators a much more accurate picture of student writing achievement and progress. And because the WriQ score has been developed based on research of over 80,000 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. 

By tracking these scores over time, teachers can get an incredibly accurate prediction of how well their students will do on standardised exams, state summative exams, and even how they will fare as writers at the next level. Our Norms chart for WriQ Scores is below.  

WriQ norms chart
Please let us know if you have thoughts, questions, or ideas on how we can make this metric more useful for you or your students.

Comments

Myra Kreutzer 25/02/2020 00:40:46
Hello,
I am needing more information on how to interpret the WriQ Score. What I need is what the score means. Also, what is the average for a 7th grade student or 8th grade student, and so on.

I have tried to get the premium version, but I have not had any luck with that either. How do we get to the pricing, pay information, etc.?
Thanks,
Myra

Deena Kimmel 25/02/2020 13:58:34
Hi Myra, 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/.

As for premium, we suggest you sign up for a free pilot. That will give your students premium accounts, so that everyone can access all the premium features. Here's the link: https://mautic.texthelp.com/na-edu-pilot-request-fy20q1

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

janet 23/02/2020 09:00:25
Hi there! I am trying the trail of WriQ. I wonder how my students can read the comments I gave them through WriQ. I used a dummy account to act as a student, add the WriQ chrome extension and choose 'I'm a student', but I can't see the comments the teacher made. Thanks for your help!

Deena Kimmel 24/02/2020 13:34:13
Hi Janet! If the student account you've created is a free account, the only way students will be able to see the grades/feedback is if the teacher inserts a picture of the summary into the document. See this video clip to learn how to do that: https://youtu.be/XM36E8BANK8?t=136.

If the student has premium, here is a video of what they should see once the teacher has assessed their writing: https://youtu.be/DZYE-SZ5PL8?t=118.

If you are still having trouble, please contact support@texthelp.com for additional help. Thanks!

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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