The Direct Writing Assessment (DWA) is a summative writing experience designed to assess student writing skills in the fifth and eighth grades. The DWA accounts for 5% of the U-PASS ELA score. The DWA is administered to students in 5th and 8th grade.
DWA Summative Assessment
This test is given to all 5th and 8th grade students. The DWA summative writing assessment will not be timed. Students will not see the prompt until they sit at their computer. The DWA Summative assessment is a one-session assessment and it must be completed in one sitting. Students are allowed to bring a blank sheet of paper and a pencil on which to create an outline or graphic organizer. This piece of paper must be shredded after the student completes the assessment. The prompt will be persuasive in nature. The purpose of writing a persuasive essay is to influence or change a reader's thoughts or opinions on a particular topic.
1. DWA is not timed.
2. DWA is online.
3. Graphic organizers can be used during testing.
1. Students do not see the prompt until they are at their computer ready to test.
2. One session assessment.
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