6-12 Literacy Update

December 8, 2014

APS Extended Response Assessment (Writing Diagnostic II)

Purpose: To better prepare our students for the CCSS and the GA Milestones Assessment, our writing diagnostics have a new type of writing prompt that focuses on a key instructional shift---writing grounded in evidence from the text. Because the GA Milestones will not include “stand alone” writing prompts, students will be expected to read one or two passages and then write a composition that includes evidence from the text(s) in the response. This kind of prompt demands more than writing skills alone. Now students must read texts carefully to determine what evidence is most relevant and then create an organized, well-written composition that incorporates that evidence. The diagnostic prompts introduce evidence-based writing to students by asking them to use text(s) to support their ideas about a given topic.


Testing Window:

December 15, 2014 - January 9, 2015 (On-Demand Writing-1 Class Period)

Input Scores into Infinite Campus by January 23, 2015.

(The grading session will be closed.)

Test Administration

Test administrators may read aloud the Writer’s Checklist, the Writing Directions, and the Writing Topic.

However, the reading passages on the writing test must not be read aloud or signed to students, except for those students with the accommodations.

Materials Needed

  • two pencils,

  • the writing prompt,

  • a page for taking notes (brainstorming/outlining),

  • two rough-draft pages, and

  • two final draft pages.

Scoring Procedures

  1. Use the APS Condensed Rubric to score each of the 6 Trait writing domains.
  2. Input the scores into Infinite Campus.
  3. After scoring the student papers, please provide the students with feedback and collect the essays.

Literacy Lunch and Learn

Help your students tackle On-Demand Writing Prompts!

Join us for a 30 minute webinar on Wednesday, December 10th at 12:00 noon! We will learn about:


  • Teaching On-Demand Writing Skills
  • Teacher Timesavers: Essay Scoring and Feedback
  • The Georgia Milestones Writing Rubrics
  • How to Join the APS Writing Triathlon


*Additional webinar sessions will be held at 3pm and 4pm on Wednesday as well. Please share this invitation! This webinar series is available for all who can attend.

Click here to Join Lync Meeting

  • Join by phone +14048021010

  • Conference ID: 7531238

Dr. Alisha Hill, 6-12 Literacy Coordinator

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