The Criterion ® Online Writing Evaluation service from ETS® is a web-based instructional tool that teachers use with students in grades 4–12 to help them plan, write, and revise essays guided by instant annotated diagnostic feedback and a holistic score.
The Criterion service gives instructors and administrators a comprehensive writing solution to help improve student outcomes by freeing up valuable classroom time to concentrate on higher level writing skills and areas of improvement.
A comprehensive writing tool that embraces and reflects next generation academic standards, such as the Common Core, the Criterion service from ETS provides instant feedback on planning and writing mechanics.
- Students: Additional opportunities allow them to practice writing at their own pace, receive immediate feedback, and revise essays based on that feedback.
- Teachers: Frees up time so that they may concentrate on the content of students’ work and teach higher-level writing skills.
- Administrators: Enables data-driven decisions and easy monitoring of district, school and classroom writing performance.
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The Criterion service gives teachers a tool by which to enhance writing instruction and students with unlimited opportunities to improve their writing skills through development of essays. Teachers and students may access the web-based Criterion service from school, home, an afterschool program, or anywhere with an Internet connection.
Assignments are untimed so that students will have the opportunity to revise their essays based on feedback provided by the system. You may establish a time limit to give students practice in a timed environment.
The Criterion system provides instant, annotated diagnostic feedback and a holistic score to both the student and teacher. The feedback empowers students to quickly review, revise, and resubmit essays. Teachers can customize the feedback the student sees.
Criterion essay topics are constructed to elicit writing in various modes that include persuasive, expository, descriptive, and narrative. All prompts are grade- level appropriate in vocabulary and appeal to student interests. Most topics may be scored on either a 6-point or 4-point scale, and the associated rubrics are shown with each prompt. Teachers may choose an existing prompt from the considerable Criterion prompt library, or may write their own prompts using the construction guidelines provided and still receive trait feedback and a holistic score.
For more information, please visit ETS’s Criterion site.
Criterion® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is the exclusive distributor of ETS Criterion® Online Writing Evaluation service to K–12 institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories and dependencies.
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