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A curation of tools that meet the language acquisition needs of English language learners of all levels Apr 29
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In the early 1980s, creative teachers in school districts across the country decided there must be a better way to gather useful information about student writing performance rather than with single scores or standardized tests. Teachers wanted an instrument that would provide accurate, reliable feedback to students and teachers, a tool that would help guide instruction. When an exhaustive search didn't produce such a tool, they rolled up their sleeves and began the difficult process of creating an analytic scoring system that would be valid, honest, and practical. After evaluating thousands of papers at all grade levels, the teachers identified common characteristics of good writing. These qualities became the framework for the 6-trait analytical model, which has now grown to include a seventh, +1 trait. The model uses common language and scoring guides to identify the traits year-to-year as we refine our idea of what ”good” writing looks like.
Serving Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington REL Northwest is part of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Operated by Education Northwest for nearly 50 years, REL Northwest serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
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