Pearson has launched WriteToLearn 6.0, the newest version of its complete online tool for building writing skills and developing reading comprehension. WriteToLearn is designed to help students develop essay-writing and summarization skills, and their efforts are measured by Pearson's Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine. The KAT Engine is an automated assessment technology that evaluates the meaning of text, not just grammatical correctness or spelling. This proven technology delivers the accurate, consistent and immediate, quality feedback that is necessary for academic success, according to Pearson's announcement. In addition, WriteToLearn's automated scoring allows teachers more time for teaching and lesson planning. Students develop confidence and skills to improve their literacy levels and test scores, the announcement states.
The new student performance reports in WriteToLearn 6.0 provide administrators with critical information to make informed decisions about current and future performance. The enhanced reports offer insights into the amount of time that students and classes are using WriteToLearn and the progress they are making.
To help schools meet the needs of struggling readers and English Language Learners, WriteToLearn 6.0 now features expanded text-to-speech capabilities. Using Texthelp System's embedded reading support technology, SpeechStream, students can have reading passages, essay feedback and their own writing read aloud to them. The text-to-speech feature allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the writing development process and where they need to focus their efforts in future drafts.
Grammar-checking capabilities in WriteToLearn have also been expanded, providing students with more feedback on errors.
Schools and districts with current WriteToLearn accounts will receive the update free of charge. WriteToLearn is available for purchase on a concurrent or individual student license basis, with district-level subscriptions now available.
WriteToLearn qualifies for federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information, visit www.School.WriteToLearn.net.
Source: Pearson, www.pearson.com