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Writing Practice Program

For students in Grades 3-12

Strong writing skills are critical to successful futures. Also known as WPP, our Writing Practice Program enables individual students to work on their writing skills at their own pace. Guided by classroom instruction, WPP provides the individualized tools and lessons students need to improve their writing from anywhere. 

WPP can also be purchased by families for home use.

Helping good writers get better.

Writing help designed by the experts.

You can rely on Writing Practice Program (WPP) from ERB because it was created in partnership with expert writing teachers. With WPP, you can tap into our vast educator network's decades of writing experience, and share that power directly with your students.

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A writing center that's always open.
WPP can be accessed online from anywhere 24/7, in school or at home. Perfect for classwork, homework, or supplemental practice.
Customizable for your classroom.
You can make WPP your own in numerous ways! Select from our large library of available writing prompts or create your own; customize your user interface; and decide when and how to use the program.
Built to support your students.
WPP comes stocked with pre-writing activities, graphic organizers, engaging tutorials (with audio), and immediate feedback as students write to help them turn their ideas into polished writing.
Secure and safe.
Your personal information is always secure with WPP. Accounts are password protected and user information is never sold or shared with third parties.

1 Year of Access

per-student pricing | no minimums

What types of reports can you generate in WPP?

Access real-time reports 24/7 to track your students' usage of WPP and their growth as writers.

Performance Reports

View your student and class averages by trait, total score, and writing genre.

Prompt Reports

Monitor how students are performing on specific prompts, and how the prompts are being utilized by students.

Usage Reports

Track how much time students are spending in WPP, as well as the number of essays drafted, number of revisions, and final essay submissions.

Progress Reports

Monitor your classes' progress over time. Cohorts can be followed for up to three years, enabling teachers to identify students' strengths at the beginning, end, and throughout the program.

What's the Difference Between WrAP and WPP?

You might be wondering whether WPP can replace WrAP, our writing assessment. The short answer: No. Rather, WrAP and WPP complement each other.

WrAP

WrAP is a diagnostic assessment tool that helps identify strengths and weaknesses in student writing. WrAP reports can guide curriculum decisions, instructional goals, and provide language for enriched conversations about writing.
WrAP also has norm groups available, which enable comparisons of students' performance against other similar students.

WPP

WPP provides 24/7 opportunities for individual students to practice their writing skills. The key word is practice. WPP is an instructional tool for use inside (and outside) the classroom, which can be used as a practice platform for WrAP stimulus-based prompts.

As a practice program, norm group comparisons are not available with WPP.

Become a Member School

 An ERB membership is being a part of a global community of educators and access to ERB experts who can help you understand and—more importantly—activate your students’ assessment data to help every student achieve their learning goals.

Rubrics and Scoring

WPP provides an overall essay score as well as scores for individual writing traits based on a 6-trait, 5-point rubric. These rubrics are specific to the type of writing prompt—Narrative, Informative, or Argument—and include criteria for Development of Ideas, Organization, Style, Sentence Structure, Word Choice, and Conventions writing traits. Rubrics provide a link between assessment and instruction, with WPP emphasizing practice that leads to revision and improved student writing. The language of the rubrics continue to embody expectations for all the key elements one would want to see in a piece of writing.
Additional types of scoring and feedback included in WPP are:
Notes capitalization, grammar, and spelling errors with multiple spelling suggestions.
Suggests relevant tutorials based on student scores and prompt genre.
Students using WPP in school can engage in peer-to-peer collaboration and feedback.
Teachers can add their own feedback and suggestions to a student's essay.
Teachers can edit a student's scoring level to score essays based on different grade level standards.

Build a robust writing program with ERB.

ERB is proud to offer member schools a complete suite of writing programs to support your classroom instruction, including our:

  • Writing Practice Program to build writing skills
  • WRIIT companion library of writing instructional tools and resources.
  • Writing Assessment Program to measure student writing progress

"We've finally found what we're looking for with WPP!  After just one week I see improvement in [my students'] writing and understanding of essay type, structure, and content. The rubrics are great baselines as to what makes a good essay, and the lessons and example essays are helpful tools for improvement. I am proud to see my kids working independently and successfully to reach their writing goals!"

—Wendy McClellan, Parent

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