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Posted: September 28, 2018 by Mary_SiteEditor

The WRIIT Choice to Improve Student Writing


What if you had an unlimited, ever-expanding student writing resource at your fingertips? What if you could simply grab a great writing resource online whenever you need it? What if you could “show” a class, or a student, what their next step as a writer looks like, while you talk about it? With ERB’s proven suite of writing solutions, you can.

ERB’s writing solutions make it easy for teachers to help their students become more confident student writers. Designed to work in concert or separately, ERB writing solutions use qualitative and quantitative data and an evidence-based approach.  


WrAP (Writing Assessment Program) provides a baseline assessment, based on well-researched expectations of writing across the grades and offers comparative results to other norm groups who also use WRAP. 


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Pathways to Writing with WPP  (Writing Practice Program) offers students a place for personalized practice at school or at home with immediate scoring and feedback. Students can access WPP's 24/7 tools to learn at their own pace and to create a writer’s portfolio. 


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WRIIT (Writing Resources for Insight, Interpretation, and Teaching), ERB’s newest writing resource, adds meaning to WrAP reports and is designed to serve as your next-step instructional toolkit for use throughout the year. WRIIT is a 24/7, online teacher’s library of writing tools that complement any writing curriculum and has what it takes to be your “go to” source for sample essays, lessons, prompts across genres, and more. 


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"The combination of a norm-referenced writing assessment and educational tools like WRIIT and WPP is far more powerful than either tool in isolation.” Dr. Tom Rochon, ERB President.



Practice Makes Perfect

Pathways to Writing with WPP, which may be used in conjunction with WrAP and WRIIT, offers students in grades 3-12 the opportunity to practice what they are learning at school or at home with immediate feedback included. All essays are scored using a six-trait rubric for any of three genres.  Teachers can select prompts or lessons, keep track of progress via numerous reports, and add prompts for students to address as desired. 
With WPP, students get the tools they need to improve anytime online, including:
  • Targeted tutorials and pathways to revision.
  • Graphic organizers.
  • Peer review.
  • Online student writing portfolio.
  • Teacher and student online communication.
  • Further feedback by submitting the essay into the plagiarism check.


The WRIIT tool to improve student writing

Teachers today have more resources at their fingertips than they can possibly search for and evaluate for use in their classroom. WRIIT does the heavy lifting by providing online hundreds of classroom writing resources. Teachers can easily and quickly find the exact resource to address the writing needs of their students.  

“WRIIT is a one-stop shop for educators, designed with the teacher in mind,” explains Pam Appleton, ERB Executive Director for Writing and one of the architects for ERB Writing. “WRIIT has a treasure chest of writing resources that can complement whatever curriculum the school is using and/or be sufficient to use on its own, especially when combined with our WrAP baseline data.” 

WRIIT gives teachers the ability to work with each student, a small group, or the whole class in a personalized, differentiated way to develop students' writing in a particular genre or particular skill. WRIIT’s learning progressions clearly outline student achievement expectations both within and across the grades. 


What’s on WRIIT right now?

  • Anchor sets for Grades 3-12 with annotated essays showing the range of writing high to low.
  • A variety of sample prompts across a variety of genres, formats, and topics to use all year.  
  • Rubrics to use in class supporting all ranges of student writing abilities in Grades 3-12.
  • Recorded webinars on how to use WRIIT Resources.
  • Much more!


What’s new? Tips for Teachers with: 

  • Lessons that correspond to WrAP prompts (for both text-based and shorter WRIIT sample prompts).
  • Genre skill-based lessons.
  • Classroom resources like Graphic Organizers and Anchor Charts.


What ERB Member Schools say about WRIIT

“WRIIT is a resource trove for us. We use it every day.”

Jeneen Graham, Academic Dean, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Before taking ERB’s WrAP test, St. Margaret’s students examine their prior year’s WrAP score with an exemplary paper chosen from the WRIIT library and self-score. (New students get a WRIIT anchor paper.) This helps students understand areas for growth.   


“Using the information from the individual student reports, classroom teachers are prepared to meet students at their current levels and guide their development as effective writers. The dynamic nature of the rubrics coupled with the scaffolded language of the learning progressions in WRIIT helps our teachers provide constructive guidance while empowering students to own their writing.” 

Susan W. Keogh, Ed.D., Associate Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Lake Highland Preparatory School/Lower School, Orlando, FL

Access WRIIT right away to see the difference its resources can have in your classroomLog in now or schedule your free WRIIT webinar with Pam Appleton by emailing