Jason Carroll, Global Products Manager

Introducing Rubrics for WriQ!


Over the Summer last year Texthelp started about creating a new vision for writing support software. We wanted to develop a product that would allow teachers to easily assess student writing, track progress over time, and eventually provide access to a new writing metric that could help teachers identify how well a student’s writing is progressing, and be able to easily compare it to others in the school, district, or even state.


Shortly after this announcement WriQ was released as an Add-on for Google Docs. WriQ allows teachers to quickly analyze students’ writing in Google Docs and provides useful metrics like:

  • Word and sentence count
  • Words per sentence
  • Correct word sequences
  • Incorrect word sequences
  • Time spent writing
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling errors
​Teachers can review and adjust this information as needed, then provide it (along with written feedback) to students directly in their Google Doc. One thing missing however, has been the ability to measure the quality the writing in addition to all of the quantitative measurements WriQ provides. Until now…

Starting today, WriQ will include rubrics for each grade level and writing genre. Each rubric was designed by University researchers and is aligned to common grade level objectives.

The importance of rubrics in writing instruction should not be underestimated. Rubrics allow teachers to have consistency when grading student work. When entire schools or districts use similar rubrics, it also allows for an apples to apples comparison when determining how students are progressing. Rubrics are also great for students as they clearly identify what is required for an assignment.

For these reasons, we’ve created a single set of rubrics for all educators to use. This consistency will later allow you to compare students’ progress across the classroom, school, and district level.

If you’re not familiar WriQ, check out the short video below that demonstrates how to quickly install the add-on, score a document, and provide feedback to the author. 



What do you think about the new rubrics? We use your feedback to continue to make WriQ better, so please keep let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, or in our Google Teacher Community

Comments

Pearl Turley 7/24/2017 8:57:10 PM
The State of Arizona (OELAS) ELL Program has a rubric for its AZELLA Writing Assessment. Can this rubric be added to WriQ?

S Hanna 7/25/2017 8:26:44 PM
Hi there Pearl, not at this time, we are trying to gather meaningful metrics around the current rubrics we have in WriQ, however we might be able to consider this later down the line once we've established them. I will add a note for our backlog. Thanks, Shauna

Jennifer Wilson 5/17/2017 4:56:44 PM
LOVE this Add On! Especially since students can not only see their errors but fix them. The rubric is great too BUT once it is pasted to the top of their document, I don't see a way for students to see how the rubric scores were determined -- the details within each indicator don't show up on their work, just the summary rubric. If we want students to use the rubric to see how they've done so far AND how they can improve through revision, this isn't possible. So, as a summative assessment, the rubric is nice but not as a formative assessment to inform revision. Any way this can be added to the add on? Or is it there and I'm just not seeing it?

Jason 7/25/2017 12:50:11 PM
Hey Jennifer, so for the slow reply. This is great feedback. Currently there is not a way for students to see the specifics of the rubric, but I will add this as a feature request. We hope to add this sort of functionality in the future. Thanks, Jason

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