Texthelp Launches WriQ to Automate and Standardize Student Assessment and Success in Writing
Simplifies writing assessment for teachers, while supporting student progress with real-time feedback and motivation
New report released, which finds more than 1.2 billion learners worldwide have been and continue to be disrupted by COVID-19 – equivalent to average learning losses of up to six month
WOBURN, Mass., September 29, 2020 / PRNewswire / – Texthelp®, a leading educational technology company that aims to help learners of all ages and abilities improve their reading, writing and math skills, today announced the launch of WriQ®, a cloud-based writing assessment and success tool. Using a powerful and proprietary computer algorithm, WriQ automates and standardizes the assessment of student handwriting against national standards, rating each student’s handwriting against a number of criteria. As a result, teachers are able to quickly assess writing skills and provide students with specific and personalized feedback.
Along with the launch of WriQ, Texthelp also released a new report, “Lockdown and Beyond: Learning in a Changing Landscape, “developed with Impacted. It highlights a number of key challenges for US educators in light of the pandemic, including the scale of the disruption; the rapid transition to online education; the need for support from teachers; mass learning loss; and a decrease in student motivation.
The report analyzed research on education in the United States, finding that about 29% of students said they were “not engaged” before the COVID-19 lockdown. At the beginning of May 202080% of teachers said student motivation was lower than it was before the lockdown. Notably, the report also highlighted the potential for widening existing achievement gaps of up to 15 to 20 percent. He concludes that research-based tools that encourage engagement through real-time feedback and gamification, as well as student empowerment, are likely to have the best impact on student achievement and student workload. teachers.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to a number of new and long-standing challenges related to student motivation and loss of learning, as well as the demanding workloads facing our teachers. every day, ”said Martin McKay, Founder and CEO of Texthelp. “WriQ was designed with these needs in mind. Not only does it standardize writing assessment to give teachers more time to focus on teaching and supporting students, it is also designed to motivate and engage students in writing. “
To encourage engagement and improvement among students, WriQ gives students positive encouragement notifications and achievement badges every time they write more. It provides them with their own real-time feedback dashboard. Students are empowered to take concrete steps to refine their writing without waiting for direct intervention from their teacher and are able to track their writing progress daily, weekly and monthly.
For teachers, WriQ assesses students’ writing against a number of criteria with the aim of increasing their skills. It allows teachers to focus on planning, personalized instruction, support and encouragement, rather than grading. WriQ can be used at all levels, from fourth year through graduate programs and in all core subjects.
At the heart of the product is the WriQ Score, the first and only writing assessment standard. It was developed from data from over 85,000 teacher-rated documents and can be used to show how students behave relative to their peers across the United States.
“Writing is a subject where national standards are lacking,” adds McKay. “Students write to express their understanding in almost any subject in the course. It is important that we help teachers standardize the assessment of writing and provide immediate, actionable, and comparative feedback. This will help students persist. in writing and to improve. “
After its BETA release in 2019, WriQ is available as a free extension through Google Docs or as an add-in for Microsoft Word for teachers and students, and it can be upgraded by schools and districts to access premium features, such as a comprehensive evaluation dashboard. and additional information, such as comparisons with national standards.
For more information on WriQ, please visit https://text.help/WriQ-US.
To download the full report, “Lockdown and Beyond: Learning in a Changing Landscape,” visit https://text.help/lockdown-report.
Texthelp® is a leading educational technology company that aims to help students and lifelong learners of all abilities improve their reading, writing and math skills. The company offers an innovative line of products for use in schools and the workplace, including Read write, EquatIO®, WriQ®, Master’s tutor®, Browsealoud®, SpeechStream® and Snapverter®. Texthelp products serve over 30 million users worldwide and are used in over 2,800K-12 schools, nearly 550 colleges and universities and 220 companies / businesses North America. To learn more about the Texthelp product line, visit www.texthelp.com.
ImpactEd is a non-profit organization that exists to improve student outcomes by closing the evaluation gap in education. We work in partnership with school leaders and education organizations to support high-quality monitoring and evaluation that inform decisions on what will work most effectively to support young people.
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