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ETS Releases Criterion v7.1 Enabling Students to Plan Their Essays Online

Posted Jan 3, 2007
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ETS has announced the release of Criterion v7.1 Online Writing Evaluation program, which includes a "Make a Plan" tool enabling students who submit essays to their teachers through Criterion to plan their essays online. The "Make a Plan" tool is a new feature of Criterion v7.1.

The Criterion service is an online writing practice tool. Students work independently to write and submit essays on an assigned topic. The Criterion service uses automated scoring technologies to score the essay and provide diagnostic feedback on multiple basic elements of writing—grammar, usage, mechanics, style, and organization & development. Students can review the comments, visit a Writer's Handbook for more information, and revise their work. Teachers can view their students' essays and the Criterion feedback, add their own comments using pop-up notes, and generate reports about their class' writing progress.

The "Make a Plan" tool gives students a choice of eight plan types, including an outline, an idea web, and templates for specific types of essays, such as compare/contrast and cause and effect. Students can type sentences, notes, or ideas into the template of their choice, and can save and print their work. When they feel satisfied with the plan, they can continue on to the essay screen, which is automatically populated with content from the plan. The students can then reorganize or rewrite their notes and flesh out the rest of the essay.

Other enhancements to Criterion v7.1 include the ability to generate a targeted list of student names for essays with advisories and a word count display that students can refer to while typing.

The Criterion service is part of ETS's System 5 suite of K-12 products and services. For more information about the Criterion service, including an online tour, visit

Source: ETS,

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