Why It Works

Data/Research

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE FROM LITERATURE REVIEW
EXAMPLE OF HOW TOP SCORE WRITING APPLIES THIS PRACTICE
Elementary Writing Instruction

Provide students with daily time to write

Top Score Writing provides students with daily time to write about a variety of topics with 80 or more lessons available in grades 2 through 5.

Teach students to use the writing process for a
variety of purposes

Top Score Writing elementary school curricula teach expository,
informative, opinion, and narrative writing. Lessons for each writing
type scaffold students in developing procedural strategies to draft a
complete text that fulfills the outlined purpose and prompt.

Teach students to become fluent with handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, typing, and word processing

Top Score Writing regularly breaks instruction down to the most basic
building blocks of written composition, in addition to addressing the
broader purposes of writing.

Create an engaged community of writers

Each Top Score Writing lesson sequence models critical aspects of the writing process to teach effective writing strategies and provides students with opportunities to practice in groups. Individual reflection, teacher-student conferences, and peer editing are all embedded in the curriculum.

Secondary Writing Instruction

Explicitly teach appropriate writing strategies using a model-practice-reflect instructional cycle

Each Top Score Writing lesson sequence models critical aspects of the writing process, teaches effective writing strategies, and provides students with opportunities to practice in groups. Individual reflection, teacher-student conferences, and peer editing are all embedded in the curriculum.

Integrate writing and reading to emphasize key writing features

All lesson sequences in the Top Score Writing curricula align to a group of text sets, with passages of varying structures, features, and lengths. Such pieces provide access to valuable content knowledge and serve as models of the types of writing students will produce.

Use assessments of student writing to inform instruction and feedback

Assessments are an explicit part of Top Score Writing curricula. In addition to allowing teachers to monitor students’ daily practice work, each curriculum deploys tests as part of the instructional sequence.
These tests are typically followed by opportunities for students to review and revise their work independently or in concert with peers or their teacher

Elementary School Writing Data

GALENA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Marshall County, Mississippi

5th Grade Data

Before

Augst 0/19
0%

After

March 15/19
0%

Timber Trace ELEMENTARY

STUDENTS SCORING 7 or HIGHER

4th Grade Data

August 7/35
0%
January 26/35
0%
April 31/37
0%

WELLTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Percentage of students who are proficient or higher
August 7/35
0%
January 26/35
0%
April 31/37
0%

Elementary School Writing Data

GALENA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Marshall County, Mississippi

5th Grade Data

Before

After

Timber Trace ELEMENTARY

STUDENTS SCORING 7 or HIGHER

4th Grade Data

WELLTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Percentage of students who are proficient or higher

Middle School Writing Data

GALENA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

YUMA, ARIZONA

8th Grade Data

Before
September 2/19
0%

After

March 7/19
0%

SLAM! OSCEOLA

OSCEOLA

7th Grade Data

Before
August 12/57
0%

After

April 37/57
0%

CORAL SPRINGS CHARTER SCHOOL

Broward County
6th Grade Data
Before
September 27/65
0%

After

March 63/66
0%

"These are the best writing scores we have ever had!"

“I just wanted to thank all of you. We received our writing scores from the state assessments. I am amazed. It's been a tough year. Some teachers arrived in October (school started in late July.) A teacher left and we had to move teachers to different teaching assignments. And yet - we have the best writing results we have ever had at Wellton Elementary School!”

“Lisa Jameson
Superintendent Wellton Elementary School District

Middle School Writing Data

GALENA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

YUMA, ARIZONA

8th Grade Data

Before

After

SLAM! OSCEOLA

OSCEOLA

7th Grade Data

Before

After

CORAL SPRINGS CHARTER SCHOOL

Broward County
6th Grade Data
Before

After

“These are the best writing scores we have ever had!”

“I just wanted to thank all of you. We received our writing scores from the state assessments. I am amazed. It's been a tough year. Some teachers arrived in October (school started in late July.) A teacher left and we had to move teachers to different teaching assignments. And yet - we have the best writing results we have ever had at Wellton Elementary School!”

“Lisa Jameson
Superintendent Wellton Elementary School District

What Teachers Are Saying