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Top Score Writing is Backed by Data & Research

Many counties require that schools use research-based programs, and Top Score Writing is just that! This is proven in white papers written by Hanover Research and IESD.

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Throughout this report, Hanover identifies examples of how Top Score Writing curricula apply elements that promote the seven practices identified by the NCEE, as well as other aspects of high-quality instruction. <br>
Throughout this report, Hanover identifies examples of how Top Score Writing curricula apply elements that promote the seven practices identified by the NCEE, as well as other aspects of high-quality instruction.
The table below summarizes Top Score Writing’s alignment with these practices.
The table below summarizes Top Score Writing’s alignment with these practices.

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Students in the elementary and middle/junior/high school grades must improve their writing skills - not only to help them meet the requirements of state writing assessments, but more importantly, to prepare them for the future demands of high school, college, career, and life.
Students in the elementary and middle/junior/high school grades must improve their writing skills - not only to help them meet the requirements of state writing assessments, but more importantly, to prepare them for the future demands of high school, college, career, and life.
Top Score Writing provides teachers with a curriculum utilizing research-supported methods that can help students meet those demands.
Top Score Writing provides teachers with a curriculum utilizing research-supported methods that can help students meet those demands.

Top Score Writing Curricula’s Application of Evidence-Based Practices in Writing Instruction

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

Data Analysis of School Performance 2017-2018

Top Score Writing is the only program specifically designed to prepare students for the state writing test. This process facilitates the distribution and access of ability-appropriate informative, opinion/argumentative, and narrative passages that are built directly into structured lessons.

School Data - 2018
Overall Increase in ELA Score using Top Score Writing
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65%

Skyline Elementary

60%

Madison County

40%

RCMA Wimauma Academy

30%

Grove Park Elementary

25%

Verde Elementary

20%

Village Academy

Real Data from Real Teachers

KATIE JACKSON

4th Grade Teacher, 35 Students

7/35 STUDENTS SCORING 7+ IN AUGUST 2020
0%
26/35 STUDENTS SCORING 7+ IN JANUARY 2021
0%
31/35 STUDENTS SCORING 7+ IN APRIL 2021
0%

Jennifer Klisiak

5th Grade Teacher, 23 Students, Palm Beach County

30%

August 2020

7/23 Students Scoring 7+

65%

January 2021

15/23 Students Scoring 7+

87%

April 2021

20/23 Students Scoring 7+

Real Data Tells the Best Story

Percentage of students scoring 7 or higher on their county writing assessment.

August 2020 * January 2021 * April 2021

5th Grade

Miami-Dade County, FL

August 2020
0%
January 2021
0%
Apri 2021
0%

5th Grade

Palm Beach County FL - Gifted High Achieving

August 2020
0%
January 2021
0%
Apri 2021
0%

4th Grade

Boynton Beach, FL 99% ESL/ELL

August 2020
0%
January 2021
0%
Apri 2021
0%

4th Grade

Timber Trace Elementary

August 2020
0%
January 2021
0%
Apri 2021
0%

Proven To Work!

Day-to-Day Writing Lessons Organized by Lexile Measure

Top Score Writing is Lexile Certified which enables us to provide students, teachers, and school districts with our custom-made and innovative lessons with thought-provoking and original passages tailored to aid in teacher instruction on targeted reading levels.

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

2021 Digital Curriculum Sets

All lessons, passages, and worksheets can be downloaded and printed. Lessons are designed to be fun, engaging, and interactive.

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

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

Watch this quick video where Lisa Collum explains and breaks down the data behind why writing is the easiest and most effective way to increase ELA scores.

What Teachers Are Saying

Here’s what they love about Top Score Writing!