Our Story

Top Score is the best writing program to use for students who have to take the state writing assessment.
After years of analyzing data, we can directly correlate the improvement in writing scores to higher overall school grades.

Writing is a life skill that is quickly being replaced with text jargon and poorly constructed thoughts.

Fifteen years ago, Lisa Collum was frustrated by this reality while working as a teacher in a Title I school. She became frustrated watching countless students fail or struggle with writing, and their scores on standardized tests indicated a path that needed corrective action. There was no curriculum available to help teachers focus on real writing skills and to help students develop this critical life skill.

Lisa took this challenge as her own. She studied the common areas where students struggled and developed a curriculum to support students and teachers alike. In less than a year, she turned her entire class around from nearly failing to achieve a 100% pass rate. This is where Top Score Writing was born.

With such impactful results, word quickly spread the power of Lisa’s curriculum. Top Score Writing has since grown to include full teacher curriculums for 2nd through 12th grade, and now includes student workbooks, a digital curriculum, animated lessons, PowerPoint lessons, scoring, and professional development training.

Today, Top Score Writing remains the only proven system that makes teaching writing easier, helps students learn more effectively, and is proven to achieve a 70% increase in writing test scores, on average.

Top Score Writing is building the future writers of tomorrow and impacting the lives of every student who earns this foundation after completing the curriculum successfully.

Top Score Writing is Trusted By:

How it all began...

Top Score Writing author Lisa Collum

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What Teachers Are Saying

Here’s what they love about Top Score Writing!

Test Scores Using Top Score Writing

Northboro Elementary

Northboro Elementary is a Title 1 School

85%

Northboro Elementary

from 2018-2019

85% OF STUDENTS MAINTAINED OR
INCREASED WRITING SCORES

78%

In 2019

78% OF STUDENTS SCORED 7 OR HIGHER
African American: 42%
Hispanic: 45%
White: 6% Other: 7%
Free & Reduced Lunch: 74%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 13.82

Writing is the Fastest & Easiest Way to Increase Test Scores & Overall School Grades!

Most schools rely solely on reading and grammar programs to teach ELA skills, yet today's tests are heavily weighted on a student’s ability to write. The lack of writing-specific curriculums results in lower writing scores and lower ELA scores across the board.

Schools that implement Top Score Writing call us their "secret weapon" because Top Score Writing’s curriculum quickly and easily raises test scores on the ELA and across the board. After years of analyzing data, we can directly correlate the improvement in writing scores to higher overall grades.

Why Teachers Choose TSW

Teachers are busy.
Between creating lesson plans, grading papers, and teaching overall, there is very little time to creatively fill in the gaps needed in the basic ELA curriculum.
Top Score Writing does the work for teachers.
Created by teachers, for teachers, the curriculum is easy to use, engaging for students, and offered on a variety of platforms. It plugs into the school day easily with the appropriate pacing needed to stay on track throughout the school year.
Teachers love the impact Top Score Writing delivers most of all.
It is tremendously fulfilling to see children unlock writing skills never before thought possible, and the test scores simply validate the process is working.

Meet The TSW Team

Lisa Collum
Lisa Collum
Founder
& CEO
Mike Ficara
Mike Ficara
Executive
Vice President
Jen Jones
Jen Jones
Director
Curriculum and Training
Ryan Griffiths
Ryan Griffiths
Director
Client Services
Katie Jackson
Katie Jackson
Middle School co-author
and trainer
Megan Lee
Megan Lee
Middle School co-author
and trainer
Melissa Presto
Melissa Presto
Content
Editor

Meet The TSW Team

Lisa Collum
Lisa Collum
Founder
& CEO
Lisa's Bio
Mike Ficara
Mike Ficara
Executive
Vice President
Mike's Bio
Jen Jones
Jen Jones
Director
Curriculum and Training
Jen's Bio
Ryan Griffiths
Ryan Griffiths
Director
Client Services
Ryan's Bio
Katie Jackson
Katie Jackson
Middle School co-author
and trainer
Katie's Bio
Megan Lee
Megan Lee
Middle School co-author
and trainer
Megan's Bio
Melissa Presto
Melissa Presto
Support
Manager
Melissa's Bio

Our Community (Teacher Community)

When you become a customer of Top Score Writing, you become a member of our community. We love to keep you informed!

As a customer, you will receive free tips, webinars, resources, and exclusive access to the Top Score Writing VIP group.

Plus, as a member of our community, you will get many chances to win amazing prizes!

The Top Score Writing Blog

In-depth resources on writing & education.

Top Score Writing Sample Curriculums

At Top Score Writing, we pride ourselves on providing the best writing system that is backed by years of research, data, and expertise from various experts in the teaching field.

Following Top Score’s day-to-day writing guide is proven to raise your school’s Florida Standards Assessments writing scores over 70% with nearly all students scoring a 7 or higher.

Partnered with Lexile and MetaMetrics to provide students, teachers, and school districts custom-made and innovative lessons. Our writing program has original thought-provoking passages tailored to help teachers accommodate varying reading levels.

Once you download our sample curriculum, you will see why Top Score Writing is different from every other system on the market today.

Download Sample Curriculum

Please select a grade to instantly download the corresponding sample lessons with passages.