Writing Data Collection

Provincial writing rubrics were developed collaboratively by teachers and ministry personnel to support the writing outcome “By June 2020, 80% will be at grade level or above in reading, writing, and math.”  Educators developing the rubrics were directed by the Outcome owners to create holistic, four-level writing rubrics, Grades 1–12, with levels 3 and 4 being at grade level.  The differences between adjacent grade level rubrics are subtle.  Teachers should look for grade level differentiation by applying criteria to increasingly diverse and complex text forms, contexts and audiences.

Holistic writing rubrics for each grade are available to all teachers in the attachment below. 

The holistic writing rubrics are available for all grades in the attachment below.  Teachers are encouraged to use the rubrics at all grade levels.  French Immersion grades 6–9 rubrics will be developed in 2016–17, pending curricula renewal.  A writing rubric for grade 1 French immersion was not developed, due to the emphasis on language acquisition.  

Provincial reporting of writing at grade level will be done for Grades 4, 7, and 9.  Data submission for writing will be done once, at the end of the school year.  In Regina Public Schools, this will be done by extracting writing outcome grades from PowerSchool according to a specific grade level outcome.  All grades 4, 7 and 9 teachers received a professional learning session in 2016-17.  Teachers new to these grades will be required to attend sessions in 2017-18.

To support assessment and instruction of the Grade 4, 7 and 9 writing outcome, a Proschool site has been created for each grade.  To access, teachers log into Proschool using their system user name and password and choose the appropriate module.