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CTB/McGraw-Hill Launches Enhancements to Writing Roadmap 2.0

Posted Oct 3, 2007
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CTB/McGraw-Hill has announced the release of new enhancements to Writing Roadmap 2.0, its Web-based classroom writing assessment. With the enhancements, teachers now will have the option to create custom writing topics or choose from supplied writing prompts, both of which can be analyzed and graded automatically by the program.

Writing Roadmap 2.0 is an online essay scoring system using predictive artificial intelligence to assess the writing skills of students in grades 3-12. It is an all-in-one tool that streamlines writing instruction and assessment, delivers feedback instantly, and saves teachers as much as 100 hours of valuable grading time per year, according to the announcement.

The enhanced Writing Roadmap 2.0 also includes a secure lock-down browser and improvements that make it compliant with Section 508 for users who are visually- and/or hearing-impaired.

Writing Roadmap 2.0 covers a range of essay styles including descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and informative/expository. The application contains online tools—Tutor, Hint, Grammar Tree, and Thesaurus—to provide students with feedback as they go, while automatically generated scores enable the students to make immediate revisions. Essays are evaluated along six writing dimensions—Ideas and Content, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Conventions, and Fluency. Graphic online reports provide an analytic roadmap to guide future instruction and move students toward the goal of achieving state standards for writing.

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Source: CTB/McGraw-Hill,

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