Overview

WrAP: Writing Assessment Program 
Grade 3 – 12

 

Building Better Writers


Building upon ERB’s long and successful history of setting the highest standards for quality writing, WrAP for 2014-15 introduces new and exciting options that promote deeper thinking and analysis with text-based stimulus prompts and the current non-stimulus prompts. Narrative, Informative, and Argument/Opinion prompts are now available for both stimulus and non-stimulus prompts at each grade level. These prompt options align with current standards and mirror effective classroom writing practice to inform learning and instruction. 

 

WrAP 2014 Fall Test Dates: August 15 – December 21

WrAP 2015 Spring Test Dates: January 1 – June 15

 

Features and Benefits

  • Provides teachers and administrators with a powerful and objective lens to examine students’ writing skills with an on-demand performance task that requires students to respond to an engaging prompt
  • Calls for well-organized and developed compositions that include multiple paragraphs and complex sentence structures
  • Engages students in the writing process with expectations and feedback leading to improvement as writers
  • Provides teachers with the language, processes, and expectations that will inform instruction with the goal of developing outstanding writers
  • Identifies and fosters conversations about the strengths and areas for improvement about student writing to inform curriculum improvement
 

Grade Levels Available

Unlike other instruments that provide only holistic scoring indices, WrAP is scored analytically. Developed in collaboration with our member schools and writing experts, WrAP is administered across five grade level bands, with higher performance expectations at each level.

 

  • Elementary (Grades 3 and 4)
  • Intermediate (Grades 5 and 6)
  • Middle (Grades 7 and 8)
  • Secondary (Grades 9 and 10)
  • College Preparatory (11 and 12)
 

 

icon_news-1.pngYour WrAP Options Starting Fall 2014

Stimulus-based Prompts: NEW!  Narrative, Informative, and Argument/Opinion prompts with text stimulus at each level

 

This prompt option involves a more complex performance task that:

 

  • Requires students to read, analyze, and reference related passages to inform their writing.
  • Underscores the close relationship between reading and writing as students answer Mulitple-choice and Constructed-Response questions, as well as complete an Extended Constructed-Response essay.
  • Will be scored using new and complementary genre-specific rubrics that speak to these new prompts and will guide the expectations of each genre trait.

Not only are these new options aligned to the most current standards, but they also are tools that can be used to develop students’ critical analysis and writing skills in ways that have not been available in the past. Choosing these options, and the standards upon which they are based, can help students exceed the expectations they have for themselves as writers. WrAP, coupled with effective teaching, helps students become great, not just good, writers and thinkers—a true measure of success!

 

Non-Stimulus Prompts:  These are the same “tried and true” prompts that schools have administered in the past to guide curriculum decisions, plan writing instruction, and provide important feedback to administrators, teachers, students, and parents about student writing.

 

Prompt Samples

Narrative Stimulus-Based Prompt - Intermediate Level Grades 5 & 6

Informative Stimulus-Based Prompt - Middle Level Grades 7 & 8

Narrative Non-Stimulus Prompt - Secondary Level Grades 9 & 10

Argument/Opinion Non-Stimulus Prompt - College Prep Level Grades 11 & 12

 

Genre Definitions

Narrative

Student tells a story or relates an incident or experience to entertain or to illustrate a point, real or imaginary using story elements, structure, details and language to support a rich and meaningful narrative.

Informative

Student clarifies, defines, and/or explains various points of view clearly and accurately on a topic clearly with facts, definitions, comparisons, concrete details and other information relating to the topic.

Argument/Opinion

Student makes a case for a specific course of action or point of view through valid reasoning and logical argument using relevant and sufficient facts to support the recommended action or position.

 

 

docs_icon.pngWrAP Test Administration

Both the stimulus-based and non-stimulus WrAP are administered over two days. This administration closely replicates the steps in the writing process of drafting, revising, and completing a final copy.

 

  • Stimulus-based prompts - two ninety-minute writing periods
  • Non-stimulus prompts – grades 3 and 4 get two 60 minute writing periods, grades 5-12, two 50 minute writing periods
  • Both WrAP options are available online and paper/pencil
  • Non-standard administration is available
 

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