The Criterion ® service helps writing instructors direct their attention where it is needed most. Students spend more time writing while the system is automatically evaluating each essay within seconds. Teachers can then review the feedback and spend time on what will have the greatest impact in improving individual students’ writing skills. The experts from ETS® developed e-Rater®, the scoring engine behind Criterion, to quickly and reliably give teachers a useful measure to evaluate student writing and help them meet their goals.
Criterion saves planning time by allowing teachers to choose from a library of over 400 topics. It also allows more frequent writing tasks and customized assignments based on class needs. Teacher focus is shifted to content and higher writing skills rather than mechanics, and Criterion shows reports on student performance and error patterns.
Criterion allows students to work on any computer or tablet with an Internet connection, at any time. It guides the prewriting process with eight planning templates and provides individualized feedback within ten seconds. Criterion also provides annotated diagnostic feedback and instructor pop-up notes and comments, as well as showing students instructional examples based on their specific errors through nine Writer’s Handbooks (four bilingual). Feedback and revision don’t need to wait until the next school day, which is especially helpful for students in afterschool programs.
The web-based Criterion service enables students, parents, teachers, and administrators to access essays and reports at the individual or institutional level from any location. Criterion’s unique Development Writing Score (DWS) enables teachers and administrators to review performance against grade-level proficiency throughout the school year—a big help in keeping pace with the demands of next generation academic standards, such as the Common Core State Standards.
For more information about the Criterion service, or to schedule a product demonstration, contact your local Assessment Account Executive.
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Criterion® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service. e-Rater® 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.