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Press Release: Pacific Metrics’ New Essay-Scoring Tool, Writing Power™, Helps Teachers and Students Meet Common Core Writing Requirements
MONTEREY, CALIF., May 6, 2014—Preparing students for college and career readiness is a primary goal of the Common Core State Standards initiative. The ability to write effectively is arguably one of the most important skills students must master to be successful. Pacific Metrics, a leader in education technology, supports this goal with the release of Writing Power, a new essay-scoring product that utilizes CRASE®, Pacific Metrics’ proprietary automated scoring service, to provide immediate feedback on the six traits of writing.
Writing Power is a full-featured end-to-end scoring solution that enables educators to create, assign, manage, and report on interdisciplinary writing topics using the automated scoring model. The writing topics are scored in real-time as the student submits a response. Instant feedback is provided to both teacher and student covering the six key writing traits: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. The easy-to-use interface encourages teachers to assign more writing topics and provides students with more opportunities to improve their skills while preparing them for summative assessments.
“Automated scoring supports the focus on increased student writing required by the Common Core State Standards,” says Michael Aumock, Vice President of Product Development. “We developed Writing Power to support teachers while preparing students for practices that will become commonplace in online high-stakes testing.”
Writing Power was designed by Pacific Metrics’ expert team of research scientists and software engineers. It is available as a component of Unity™, Pacific Metrics’ next generation formative assessment system, or can be licensed as a standalone product and rebranded by other companies, linked to their own instructional resources. The current scoring model supports high school–level writing, with plans to expand the product to include additional grades this year.
For more information about Pacific Metrics, or how to license Writing Power, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (831) 646-6403.
About Pacific Metrics
Headquartered in Monterey, California, Pacific Metrics has achieved recognition for leading assessment evolution with the development of innovative, customized, web-based systems for state departments of education and next-generation assessment products using advanced education technology. For more information, visit www.pacificmetrics.com.