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North Carolina is implementing a new system for Online Writing Instruction, designed to provide students with opportunities to have a variety of experiences with writing throughout curriculums and throughout the school year. Online Writing Instruction is not an assessment, but a formative tool to monitor the progress of students in writing and adjust instruction accordingly. The new system for Online Writing Instruction replaces the previous Writing Instruction System that was used in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

2011 - 2012 Online Writing Instruction
The following modifications for Online Writing Instruction will be in place for 2011-12.

  • The on-demand tasks are removed from the system.
  • The number of content-specific assignment opportunities offered to registered students will range from two to twenty. This feature will be available for grades three through twelve. The NCDPI consultants in the K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Division are developing sample content-specific assignments for grades four and seven, and sample content-specific assignments for grades three, five, six, eight, nine, ten, eleven, and twelve (ready by the end of first semester).
  • Content-specific assignments align to the Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, 6-12, as well as each specific content area’s NC Essential Standards or the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics or English Language Arts.
  • Online Writing Instruction rubrics have been modified to align with the above documents.

LEAs and Schools have the opportunity to use Online Writing Instruction for entering student work , evaluating student work, providing feedback, and managing student writing portfolios.

Online Writing Instruction Frequently Asked Questions
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Sample Content-Specific Writing Assignments
Content assignments categorized by grade level, content area, and assessment types were developed by the Department of Public Instruction.