Jade Hegarty, Marketing Research Executive

Become part of a new age writing vision!

Throughout the year, we chatted to teachers nationwide to understand what their goals were for the year ahead. Not surprisingly,  additional writing support was considered a key strategic goal in the classroom.  Developing a student’s writing early on in the education journey helps build phonemic and phonic awareness.


As C.S. Lewis famously said, ‘you can make anything by writing.’

Writing is seen as an essential skill to success for our students, encouraging independent thinking and creativity. Yet according to the most recent Nation’s Report Card for writing assessment (2011),  only 24% of grade 8 and 12 students are proficient in writing, with scores even lower for Hispanic students. If we know writing is such an important part of the education journey, why is it that we’re experiencing such low performance results?

Writing is such a personal activity for kids, helping to develop and express their thoughts and feelings, as well as helping the grammar and sentence structure process. If a student cannot express themselves in the classroom alongside their peers, they can become frustrated and lack confidence. The social and emotional impact of academic achievement has been shown in recent research.

Throughout the year, we chatted to teachers nationwide to understand what their goals were for the year ahead. Not surprisingly,  additional writing support was considered a key strategic goal in the classroom.  Developing a student’s writing early on in the education journey helps build phonemic and phonic awareness.

Reading also plays an important role in the writing process, with research demonstrating that reading instruction is most effective when intertwined with writing instruction and vice versa. When children read extensively, they also become better writers. At Texthelp, our goal is to develop and nourish avid readers and strong writers. So we’ve created WriQ - a measure used to assess the numerical quality of writing. 

Many educators use the Lexile Framework for Reading to get an idea of the level and extent of reading fluency among their students, and match appropriate levelled text to the reader. Our plan is that WriQ will guide you in a similar way, allowing you to track student’s writing progress over time. If you’d like to read more about our vision for writing support, click here.

Fostering literacy development through reading and writing is one of our core values at Texthelp. We hope that by creating universal writing metrics we can help teachers to manage and encourage the writing journey for their students.

Tell us, how do you currently support writing in your classroom?

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