NC Writing Instruction System Pilot: Lessons Learned and Proposed Adjustments for 2009-2010 (pdf, 65kb)
During its May meeting, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) proposed adjustments to the 2009-2010 Writing Instructional System Pilot. These included allowing flexible windows for student writing samples to be composed, allowing teachers, in consultation with students, to choose the content-specific writing assignments, and not restricting the use of word processing tools (such as spell check) on assignments. Most importantly, the SBE endorsed opening the centrally-hosted Moodle online repository to all districts statewide, or any school(s) within a district.
The North Carolina Writing Assessment System Pilot at Grades 4 and 7
In June 2008, the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Framework for Change: The Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability. This document directs the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to elevate the importance of writing throughout the curriculum and to replace the traditional writing assessment program with a K–12 writing assessment system that includes authentic and on-demand writing assignments.
In response to this charge, the new North Carolina Writing Assessment System will be piloted at grades 4 and 7 during the 2008–2009 school year. All North Carolina students enrolled in grades 4 and 7 must participate in the new writing assessment system. The new writing assessment system encourages instruction to focus on the writing process, not just the preparation for a traditional single-day assessment. It is based upon writing across the curriculum in each content area and involves all educators, not just English/language arts educators.
Visit the following links for answers to frequently asked questions about the writing assessment system pilot and for professional development courses.
Tips for Understanding: 2008-09 Writing Assessment Program
The Tips for Understanding the Writing Assessment System Pilot provides the most recent modifications and clarifications to policy and procedures for administering the Writing Assessment System Pilot. This document will be updated if further modifications and clarifications are necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about the new North Carolina Writing Assessment System Pilot at Grades 4 and 7
Frequently Asked Questions About Moodle
Answers to frequently asked questions about the professional development courses offered through Moodle.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Questions and Answers (pdf, 46.2kb)
Answers to frequently asked questions about accommodations for students with disabilities and the Writing Assessment System Pilot
Professional Development Courses
The NCDPI provides all teachers, test coordinators, and administrators online professional development courses for the North Carolina Writing Assessment System Pilot using Moodle software.
2008-09 Writing Assessment Proposal
Document outlining the writing assessment proposals at grades 4 and 7 for the 2008-09 school year. The State Board of Education approved Option 1 on page 7 of this document in August 2008.
Sample Content-Specific Writing Tasks/Assignments
Writing tasks/assignments categorized by grade level, content area, and assessment type
Rubrics for Scoring Writing Tasks/Assignments
Templates for Grade 4 Writing Tasks/Assignments
Student response documents with the appropriate number of lines for each assessment