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CBAS Write UPDATESVersions 1.4.0 and 1.5.0June 8 and August 10, 2012
Trish Martin, Senior Technical Project ManagerMeasurement Incorporated
New Feature: Graphic OrganizersGraphic organizers can be printed as black line masters or completed electronically. Students can view the organizers as they are writing. Organizers are stored with the prompt in their writing portfolios.
Student & Teacher Access to Graphic OrganizersStudents Access: Practice Tab => PreWriting
Teacher Access: Helpful Documents => Graphic Organizers
New Feature: View errors on essay pageAs a student is revising an essay, the previous essay and the error messages from PEG can be viewed above it for easy referencing.
Update PEG scoring engine to PEG 4
Detects essays with excess repetition (copy/paste the same paragraph over and over again) and will not allow submission for scoring
Improved spelling and error recognitionMore accurate suggested edits to spelling and grammar
New Feature: Comments in Reports
Comments created by teachers and students can now be viewed within the reports.
New Feature: Topics Report
Teachers can see student performance on a specific writing topic including a holistic score and the score on each writing trait for that topic.New Feature: Share PromptsTeachers can create and share writing prompts with other teachers in their school.
New Feature: Adding Stimulus material to a writing promptTeachers can now add stimulus material to a writing prompt including:reading passages, images, and website links
Adding Stimulus Material continuedTeachers must agree to MIs acceptable use policy for uploading content to our website.Students can access the materials as they are writing their essay.
New Feature: Auto-Generate Username and PasswordStudent usernames and passwords can be automatically generated using a unique student ID and date of birth.
OPTIONAL New Feature: Bulk UploadBulk upload student rosters by importing the information from a spreadsheet.
New Feature: School Administrator Role
A new role has been created for a school administrator who can now create teacher and student accounts and create school level writing topics available to all teachers.
School Administrator Role ContinuedSchool Administrators can add additional teachers to an existing class.
They can also create and manage courses for the school.
Future Enhancement IdeasAlign and label writing prompts to the Common Core State Standards for WritingAdditional graphic organizersBuilt-in electronic thesaurusPeer feedback toolOthers?