PEG Writing Scholar makes the most of valuable writing instruction by providing immediate evaluation of student writing and generating feedback within seconds of an essay submission.
For every essay completed in PEG Writing Scholar, students receive a comprehensive score report that includes scores, in-line grammar and spelling suggestions, and recommended lessons. Features like enhanced error recognition for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and sentence formation ensure that students are getting accurate feedback and working more efficiently.
PEG Writing Scholar is powered by PEG (Project Essay Grade), the legacy scoring system acquired by Measurement Incorporated in 2002 from Dr. Ellis Batten Page.
The automatic feedback included in each score report provides students with a good foundation to improve their writing skills, but instructor feedback is even more important. In addition to the immediate feedback provided to students by PEG Writing Scholar, instructors can score student essays for content and textual evidence. Instructors can assign the appropriate score point on a rubric (from a 3-point scale) and add specific comments for improvement. Both scores and comments are added to the student score report and can be referenced at any time within the student’s writing portfolio.
In order to make evaluation as simple and easy as possible, PEG Writing Scholar maintains a comprehensive portfolio for each student that includes all submitted essays, progress over time, and lesson activity. Instructors and students can access the portfolio at any time from their classrooms or their homes. When individual students are selected from a drop-down list, a full history of their writing becomes available. Student portfolios include lists of completed essays, along with performance data and progress monitoring over time. Such data makes it easy to work with struggling writers, hold students accountable, and empower them to practice and improve on their own time.
Graphic organizers are available to students for all prompts in PEG Writing Scholar. Specific organizers are recommended by the system based on the prompt selected, or students can choose from the complete collection of graphic organizers.
Students can complete an organizer, save it, and come back to complete their writing; or they can complete the graphic organizer and go straight into the essay. Graphic organizers can also be printed for teacher and student use. This flexibility ensures that a prewriting option is available to any student, any time!
PEG Writing Scholar contains dozens of tutorials designed to improve development, organization, language/style, conventions, and grammar. Specific tutorials are recommended at the conclusion of each essay submission, tailored to the feedback generated by the PEG scoring engine. All tutorials are available 24/7 in the Lessons tab of the user portal. Additional student support tools, such as the read-aloud feature available for each lesson, make PEG Writing Scholar much more than an assessment system for student writing.
Roster management in PEG Writing Scholar makes it easy to group students based on skill level. As they progress, students can be moved quickly to new courses to provide additional rigor.
PEG Writing Scholar is also designed to allow multiple instructors to share students and to have complete access to shared students’ writing histories. This fosters collaboration among instructors in different subject areas and provides an opportunity for students to get feedback tailored to content accuracy, textual evidence, and subject matter.
The reporting features in PEG Writing Scholar make it easy to track students’ progress and see where improvement is needed both at an individual student level and at a course level. Student portfolios are easily accessed from the Reports page, as are several types of student reports that display performance against specific prompts and categories of writing.
PEG Writing Scholar contains prepackaged writing prompts for each skill level. These prompts contain stimulus material, including additional reading passages, web links, and videos, which students can use to reference in their essays. Instructors can also create custom writing prompts that tie directly into class subject matter. These prompts, designed to help your students become better writers, are categorized as Argumentative, Informative/Explanatory, or Narrative.
Advanced prompt settings give instructors control over the timed length of an essay and the number of revisions allowed. Instructors can also set specific parameters for spelling and grammar feedback and enable or disable peer review in the advanced prompt options.