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    ABOUT LUMOS STEPUP WRITING PROGRAM

    The Lumos StepUp Writing Program is a robust state-of-the-art online application that reduces complexity, saves educators time, and makes differentiated instruction achievable in every classroom.

    The program is meticulously designed and developed by expert teachers, caring parents, and innovative engineers to support educators and school administrators in preparing the K-12 students to excel in the high-stakes state assessments.

    It provides a collaborative platform for extended learning that supplement classroom instruction for students with robust standards-aligned learning resources and tools.


    With the StepUp Writing Program you can

    Enhance writing skills with standards-aligned assignments of different writing genres and prompts

    Support students on writing skills that need attention powered by actionable feedback

    Focus on your writing instruction while saving time on prep and feedback

    Improve students’ writing proficiency levels with AI-powered automated interventions

    Implement a standardized, flexible and self-paced learning platform for students

    THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF
    WRITING PROGRAMS


    The concern with the quality of student writing has been a permanent feature of the American educational landscape. What has changed are assumptions about its uses and importance both within and outside the classroom and what educators have learned about teaching it.

    Effective writing skills are essential in all stages of life, from early education to future employment. In the business world and school, students must convey complex ideas and information in a clear, concise manner. Inadequate writing skills could inhibit achievement across the curriculum and in future careers, while proficient writing skills help students convey ideas, deliver instructions, analyze information, and motivate others.


    In today’s increasingly diverse society, writing is a gateway for success in academia, the new workplace, the global economy, and our collective success as a participatory democracy.

    The 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress reports that 76% of students are not proficient with basic writing.

    It’s a problem for them during the school day, of course, but the consequences are more significant than that. Without comprehensive intervention, those with poor writing skills may struggle in college and their careers.

    Schools need writing instruction that provides the thoughtful, well-sequenced (and sometimes remedial) lessons their students need to build necessary writing skills. Educators and administrators alike lack access to detailed and objective student performance reports and analytics that accurately pinpoint students’ strengths and knowledge gaps at the sub-skill level. A robust writing program can offer data analytics that are a practical means of ranking students and assessing classrooms as a whole. These automated tools can provide dashboards for teachers and real-time feedback and evaluation for students.

    Imagine the following classroom scenario. A teacher has divided the class into small groups based on the student’s writing proficiency. Except for a small group working with the teacher, pupils engage in self-directed learning. Each individual works at his or her own pace and gets feedback on progress and proficiency. Teachers can look at a dashboard that lists each student by name and see where they are in completing particular writing assignments. Both students and teachers receive immediate feedback on educational progress.

    This is not a fantasy, but now it’s possible in many classrooms around the world. Personalized instruction helps both struggling and proficient students alike. Those who need support have the time and teaching assistance necessary. Those students who make rapid progress can take on more challenging assignments that help them develop their abilities. Digital technology allows teachers to become more productive and effective at delivering personalized instruction. Combining educational content with real-time assessment offers tremendous potential to reshape and improve the learning experience.

    OBSTACLES TO TEACHING
    WRITING TO STUDENTS


    Writing is a complex skill and doesn’t develop naturally, and thus it requires students to receive adequate practice and instruction in writing. A primary objective of teaching then is to educate students to use this versatile tool effectively and flexibly.

    In the United States, approximately two-thirds of 8th- and 12th-grade students scored at or below the basic level (denoting only partial mastery of grade-level writing skills) on the Writing Test administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2012). The relatively weak performance overtime on this and other indicators of students’ writing skills led the National Commission on Writing (NCOW, 2003) to label writing a neglected skill in American schools.

    Let’s explore some of the most common challenges to teaching writing to students.

    > Students in a typical class don’t write frequently

    The writing activities most commonly assigned to students involve very little extended writing, as students are seldom asked to write text that’s a paragraph or longer (e.g., Gilbert & Graham, 2010). They must have ample opportunities to practice writing, and this includes both writing activities that tie strongly to ELA instruction and practice, such as literary analysis and writing in response to reading, as well as writing that supports content knowledge. Providing students with a variety of opportunities for scaffolded practice – at all stages of the writing process – is essential as they develop robust skills that can transfer across various writing contexts.

    As demonstrated by the experiences of athletes, artists, actors, and other performers, practice is essential in developing expertise. The same goes for writing skills, in which sustained, on-going practice requires careful attention to instruction in the classroom and the feedback that we provide to our writers. In a nutshell, to become better writers, students need to write, and they need to be supported throughout the process of writing.

    > Teachers aren’t able to devote enough time to writing and writing instruction

    Writing is a complex and challenging task, requiring a considerable amount of instructional time to master (Graham, 2018a). At both the elementary and secondary levels, the typical teacher devoted much less than 1 hour a day to teaching writing (e.g., Coker et al., 2016; Drew, Olinghouse, Luby-Faggella, & Welsh, 2017). In some instances, the amount of time committed to teaching writing was severely limited.

    Teachers face several constraints in their effort to evaluate students and create customised instructions. Educators have so many responsibilities in addition to teaching that dedicating hours to formative assessment preparation is difficult. Grading is a time consuming and tedious process. Reading assignments to develop formative assessments is all the more difficult. A further difficulty is developing reliable and valid assessments. Evaluation metrics must measure what they claim to assess. Writing questions that are both reliable and valid is extremely difficult and time-consuming.

    > Explicitly identifying and meeting the needs of individual students

    For teachers, the hardest part of planning is meeting each student’s needs. With the push for differentiated instruction paired with the size of classes and the curriculum’s demands, it can be an overwhelming task. On top of the amount of grading teachers have to complete, especially concerning writing, it can be challenging to track individual student needs.

    The purpose of determining individual student needs is so that remediation can be provided. Students will be allowed to reinforce skills they previously struggled to practice until they have reached mastery. Instead of having all students work on the same skills simultaneously, students are given the opportunity to work on precisely what they need help with the most.

    In order for data to be effective, there needs to be a quick turn-around when teachers grade or score student work. The faster they can grade it, the sooner instructional decisions can be made. Changing instructional plans with data helps teachers become more effective and efficient. If a teacher is just plowing through the curriculum to meet a deadline, the teacher has a more difficult time meeting the needs of individual students.

    > Lack of student motivation

    If the students are not motivated, they might not be interested in proceeding with their learning process. Motivation is essential in improving students’ learning results claimed by Gbollie & Keamu (2017).

    One of the crucial problems of writing is that students come to school as excellent storytellers. If you give a student your ear, he/she can use it for a reasonable amount of time. “Anyone who has been around young children knows that they can be great storytellers” (Stucynski, 2005, p. 4). The problem seems to come when students are asked to put their great stories down on paper. The transition from mind to paper seems too laborious for students to think of as worthwhile and enjoyable. Students need to see that their work in writing can be enjoyable, not only for them but also for other classmates. When students share their writing, they begin to think of themselves as authors, which validates their thoughts.

    The celebration of children’s writing needs to move right up front to become a significant teaching goal. Most students find writing painful, and much of that pain comes from too much concern with correctness at the expense of enjoyment. Enjoyment and writing have not coexisted, and they do so if all our students are to become proficient writers. We are much more apt to do excellent work when we know our best efforts will be supported and celebrated, and when we believe we can succeed.

    > Access to quality teaching materials and resources

    ‘Teaching materials’ is a generic term used to describe the resources teachers use to deliver instruction. Teaching materials can support student learning and increase student success. Ideally, the teaching materials will be tailored to the content they’re being used, the students in whose class they are being used, and the teacher. Teaching materials come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have in common the ability to support student learning.

    Teaching materials can refer to a number of teacher resources; however, the term usually refers to concrete examples, such as worksheets or manipulatives (learning tools or games that students can handle to help them gain and practice facility with new knowledge). Educators tend to spend countless hours searching for materials to help students learn effectively with endless scrolling through page after page on search engines to find learning resources or practice materials. It requires a significant investment of time or money in acquiring suitable and relevant teaching materials.

    Learning materials are valuable because they can significantly increase student achievement by supporting student learning. These can also add meaningful structure to lesson planning, the delivery of instruction, and a valuable routine. For instance, if you are to teach new vocabulary words every Tuesday, knowing that you have a vocabulary game to provide the students with practice regarding the new words will both take the pressure off and provide valuable practice (and fun) for your students. In addition to supporting learning more generally, learning materials can assist teachers in an essential professional duty: the differentiation of instruction. Learning materials such as worksheets, group activity instructions, games, or homework assignments allow you to modify assignments to activate each student’s learning style best.

    WHY CHOOSE STEPUP
    WRITING PROGRAM?


    Armed with actionable insights, deliver targeted writing instruction to drive meaningful growth

    Empower students to learn at their own pace

    Make data-informed decisions

    Save time on growth monitoring, calibration, and instructional planning

    Provide rapid feedback for revisions

    Identify and address foundational writing skill gaps

    Drive student engagement and motivation

    Eliminate the need for multiple redundant diagnostic tests

    Facilitate guided practice or personalized help for students

    Support students in building critical thinking skills

    Extend learning beyond the classroom

    WHAT MAKES
    StepUp WRITING PROGRAM DIFFERENT?


    Real-time actionable data for school leaders and educators for performance benchmarking and monitoring

    Empathetic, personalized intervention for every student irrespective of their current writing proficiency level

    An expansive collection of writing assignments and prompts (i.e., narrative, informative and argumentative) for rigorous practice

    A comprehensive learning resource search engine to discover and assign thousands of curated standards-aligned study resources

    An innovative writing analyzer to identity and track common writing errors

    An automated grading system to improve the quality of feedback to students

    Smartboard Practice Tool for promoting engagement, and collaboration during synchronous instructional sessions

    A collaborative learning platform to foster anytime, anywhere learning

    PROGRAM FEATURES


    Write Metrics

    For teachers, the hardest part of planning is meeting each student’s needs. With the push for differentiated instruction paired with the size of classes and the curriculum’s demands, it can be an overwhelming task. On top of the amount of grading teachers have to complete, especially concerning writing, it can be challenging to track individual student needs.

    Lumos Write Metrics is an innovative writing analyzer designed to help educators understand common errors in student written responses and track improvements throughout the school year. It efficiently identifies and aggregates grammatical and spelling mistakes in student answers. It also has a robust algorithm that assigns a readability rating for each response. The readability and grade-level are measured based on Flesch-Kincaid scores.

    Using Write Metrics, you can:

    > Diagnose and assess each students’ writing level

    > Easily identify common spelling and grammatical errors

    > Focus attention on struggling writers who need extra help

    > Monitor and manage students’ performance over time

    > Targeted writing remediation

    An Exhaustive Collection of Assignments

    The program supports an extensive collection of writing assignments of different genres and prompts (i.e., narrative, informative and argumentative) – offered in multiple formats. Further, you can create your custom assignments in whatever format you choose.

    Remedial and Deep Remedial Additional Practice Modes

    Every child learns at a different pace, which makes creating lesson timelines incredibly difficult for teachers. The Remedial and Deep Remedial assignment feature in the StepUp Teacher Portal can help students move at their own pace, get remediation for standards they need extra support in, and breeze through sections they have already mastered.

    Turning on these modes can automatically assign additional practice lessons to students based upon their performance on the assignment. It’s especially helpful to test students on an exact language standard, analyze their proficiency, and provide additional support.

    Self-Paced Guided Practice via Lumos Assistant

    If you’re looking for ways to aid students in learning autonomously after classroom sessions, Guided Practice in StepUp writing program can help you achieve that.

    The Lumos Guided Practice in the student portal is an intelligent AI-powered conversational system. It helps students practice critical standards in English Language Arts (ELA) in an empathetic environment that nurtures every student irrespective of their current proficiency level.

    Like a teacher, it carefully learns from the students’ proficiency data and drastically simplifies the users’ experience. It also offers lessons that are precisely tailored to the student’s unique needs and provides interactive voice and visual aid to motivate and engage learners.

    Lumos Grading Assistant

    Grading an open-ended question based on the rubrics is a time-consuming job for teachers. The Lumos Grading assistant is an innovative tool that provides instant grading to students’ constructed responses automatically using machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    The algorithm provides a directional score on a scale of 0 to 4. It takes several attributes of a student’s response, including grammar errors, spelling errors, proximity to the expected answer, etc.

    The automated grading system increases the effectiveness and quality of feedback to students while you still stay in control.

    Lumos EdSearch

    Imagine getting back countless hours spent searching for quality study materials to help students learn effectively! No more endless scrolling through page after page in Google or your favorite search engine to find learning resources or practice materials.

    Lumos EdSearch is a premier online educational search tool designed to help educators quickly find standards-aligned resources, create and share lesson plans and assignments, whether for standardized testing or extended learning, at any grade level.

    Using EdSearch, you can:

    > Discover thousands of curated standards-aligned study resources

    > Offer safe search to students

    > Get ready access to a multitude of grade-appropriate resources including, reading passages, vocabulary practice aids, engaging videos, apps, worksheets, interactive quizzes, sample questions, etc.

    > Create and assign personalized resource kits to your students to improve writing proficiency, reading comprehension, vocabulary skills and more

    Lumos Assistant

    The Lumos Assistant is a digital assistant system similar to Siri or Alexa but specifically built to support students in K-12. It combines conversational bot technology with Machine Learning and student activity data to make highly personalized recommendations for each student.

    Some of the key capabilities include:

    > Quick and effortless access to priority assignments

    > Alerts about pending & completed assignments

    > Motivates students to progress and improve

    > Provides optimal content to fit their needs best

    Mind Mapping

    Encourage students to use the Mind Map tool, which provides a clean interface for students to generate and connect thoughts while attempting to write essays or any extended responses during assignments.

    It allows students to draw out any ideas and thoughts that come to mind, then organize them to plot out storylines, character relationships, and more. For teachers and students, mind mapping offers a fundamentally different way to work with information.

    Intuitive Dashboard, Reports, and Analytics

    Get instant access to in-depth student reports (collective and individual) across standards, domains, lessons, and more: view, download, and print reports related to student scores and activity data. Whether you measure student-level, classroom-level, school-level, or district-level performance, our reports provide valuable insights necessary to drive school improvement initiatives.

    Benchmarking Tests

    Assign benchmarking assignments with standards-aligned questions for writing. Students can practice the new item types and get access to detailed diagnostic reports. It’s ideal for diagnosing student learning difficulties, intervention, remedial programs, and standardized test preparation.

    Smartboard Practice Mode

    It enables you to share and display assignments to the students in the class for real-time student progress and performance tracking. The Smartboard practice tool offers many different opportunities for teachers, such as easy customization of activities, increased information about student understanding, and collaboration opportunities. Use Smartboard mode to provide individualized feedback and improve the students’ engagement during writing instructional sessions.

    THE StepUp ADVANTAGE


    Developed by Educationists

    The word educationists should be replaced by Educators

    Quick and easy setup

    Supports single sign-on (SSO) through integration with Google and Clever or uploading a classroom roster

    Access to free resources

    Administrator and Teacher accounts are forever free

    Collaborative Learning Platform

    Personalized interfaces for educators, administrators, students and parents

    Data Security and Privacy

    Complies with COPPA and FERPA guidelines

    Free product training support

    Comprehensive product training for teachers and admin at no additional cost

    Ongoing support with a single point of contact

    Hassle-free support experience from the initial call to resolution

    Download reports in multiple formats

    Export the performance reports in CSV or PDF file formats

    HOW CAN TEACHERS TEACH
    WITH THIS PROGRAM?


    Teachers can use this as the foundation for their school writing program.

    Here’s How It Works

    > Have students rooster uploaded in the program and sync your classes with Google Classroom or Clever with a single sign-on (SSO)

    > Begin by reviewing the Get Started section, which shows you a brief overview of what’s available with your program

    > Select and assign benchmarking tests or practice lessons to the entire class, a group of students, or individual students. Further, you can create custom assignments with an option of using EdSearch, our proprietary educational search engine. It allows you to select resources of your choice and design a resource kit for your students in minutes! Alternatively, you can create a completely customized assignment from scratch using your own resources

    > While creating assignments, you’re offered multiple options, such as enabling remedial and deep remedial additional practice programs. You can specify a proficiency marker, and the program measures the students’ proficiency level in each of the included standards and automatically assigns additional practice if the students’ proficiency is below the proficiency marker that you had set. Apart from this, you can choose to enable guided practice through Lumos Assistant, learning recommendations to your students before they begin the test and much more

    > The Lumos Assistant also supports students with disabilities. It’s an AI-powered interactive chatbot that makes it fun and easy for students to address their questions and quickly find optimal content to fit their needs best. The words spoken by the assistant are aloud and are also typed into the chatbox for easy reference. The chatbox is easy to use since it interacts with the user how humans would naturally act with each other. “Lumos Assistant” is a valuable feature that allows parents, teachers, and students to quickly and easily access content that can be utilized for guided practice, after school work, homework, independent practice and more

    > The assigned activities will appear on the student’s dashboard in real-time. Every student will have access to their dedicated student portal. Each student uses their individual logins to access the Student Portal. They will be able to view the assigned activities and/or resources, including pending and completed action items. They can also see the grading including the teacher’s individualized feedback for their completed assignments

    > Encourage students to use the mind maps feature for completing specific assignments. With Mind Maps, students can draw out any ideas and thoughts that come to mind, then organize them to plot out storylines, character relationships, and more. Mind maps work well as their visual design enables students to see the relationship between thoughts, and encourages them to group specific ideas as they proceed. It’s an excellent tool for building the students’ critical thinking skills

    > The teacher portal allows you to manage the class and provide feedback to the students. You can monitor the progress of each student in the class and view and print individual reports from the teacher dashboard. It presents information on individual students, group of students or the entire class drilling down through activity reports, mastery by lessons, mastery by standards, mastery by domain, benchmarking reports and much more

    > While grading assignments, you can activate Write Metrics. It efficiently identifies and aggregates grammatical and spelling errors in student answers. It also has a robust algorithm that assigns a readability rating for each response. The readability and grade-level are measured based on Flesch-Kincaid scores

    > You can also access Write Metrics report that pinpoints students’ strengths and knowledge gaps at the sub-skill level for various assignments and monitor progress over the course of the school year

    > Take advantage of the detailed, objective and timely data to plan and deliver targeted interventions to students based on the mastery and proficiency levels

    > In the resource section, you can find multiple accesses to additional resources that can be used for lesson planning and instructional purposes

    HOW CAN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS UTILIZE THE PROGRAM?


    School administrators get access to the personalized admin portal that provides a useful set of metrics and tools to improve student achievement. The next generation administrator dashboard offers several critical parameters that include teacher and student activity, students’ standards mastery and proficiency levels.

    The administrators have the opportunity to review information at the most granular level as well as at the district level. The reports allow the user to navigate from aggregated schools or district level information to the activity of an individual student. Through this personalized user interface, school administrators such as principals, curriculum directors, testing coordinators, technology coordinators, and superintendents can get timely information about students’ assessment readiness in their districts.

    With The Admin Portal, Administrators Can Perform The Following Activities

    > Specifically view all teachers actively involved in the program with detailed reports on their activities

    > Can view the no. of active and inactive students. By clicking on either the active or inactive number of students, the administrator can readily see program usage and results and notify the teacher to check on any remediation lessons that might be assigned

    > Drill down to view the number of ‘correct answers,’ ‘to be graded answers,’ ‘incorrect answers,’ and if any improvement has been shown. As you move further down the report, you can explore the topics that are given, the standard covered, the student’s score, and any additional recommendations/remediation assignments that need to be completed

    > The progress tracker also shows how a student’s multiple attempts at a lesson have or have not improved their score and understanding of the content

    > Get a bird’s eye view of which schools are using the program and how many hours of usage are logged for each school. Gives an overall use, and understanding of program implementation

    > Assign activities to teachers and get detailed reports on the teachers’ proficiency levels

    > Choose to receive a copy of this report monthly, weekly, daily, or never. These reports may be downloaded and printed for accountability purposes

    > Explore a coherency map that can show the students’ proficiency levels on standards that are one grade level below, on grade level, and one grade level above

    > Other critical resources include EdSearch, where you can find multiple activities related to grade, content, and standards to add to your teachers’ resource kits and assign them to students

    FAQs
    Frequently Asked Questions


    Yes, you can integrate the Writing Program with your existing StepUp subscription account. Write to us at support@lumoslearning.com for more details and the activation

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    The pricing for the Lumos StepUp Writing Program is based on a monthly online subscription model. We offer simple and flexible subscription packages to suit your needs. Please click here to view the standard subscription packages or you can write to us at support@lumoslearning.com for a detailed understanding.

    The Lumos StepUp Writing Program offers you unlimited teacher, admin and parent accounts for any of our subscription packages. However, there are some limitations on the student accounts that you can activate depending on the selected subscription package . Click Here to learn more about the available subscription packages.

    Yes. All paid subscription packages are inclusive of all the features and functionalities of the program.

    We take it up on a case-to-case basis. For customised packages, please feel free to talk to one of our solution experts by writing to us at support@lumoslearning.com. To learn more about the pricing of our available standard subscription packages, Click Here!

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