MI Write is an automated writing evaluation (AWE) program designed to support the teaching and learning of writing in grades 3–12. MI Write provides automated scores and feedback to students’ writing. By easing the burden of providing feedback, MI Write allows teachers to assign more writing and focus their feedback efforts. In turn, MI Write affords students the increased writing practice opportunities they need to improve writing quality.
MI Write’s features span the writing process—from planning to publishing. Collectively, features enable accelerated cycles of practice and feedback to support growth in students’ writing ability.
MI Write includes pre-packaged writing prompts in support of three text types and purposes (arguments, informative/explanatory texts, andnarratives) and a range of content areas. In addition, teachers can create, configure, and assign custom prompts, including stimulus material.
MI Write includes a library of pre-writing tools (i.e., graphic organizers) to support writing planning.
On the Practice Writing page, students can work on a draft while alternating among the prompt, graphic organizer (if used), previous drafts, and feedback, including automated feedback and any peer feedback. Students can submit their draft at any time to receive immediate scores and feedback aligned with Education Northwest’s 6+1 Trait Writing Model. For each draft, students receive an overall writing quality score; trait-specific evaluation and feedback related to development of ideas, organization, style, language, sentence structure, and conventions; in-line spelling and grammar feedback; and lesson suggestions.
To supplement MI Write’s automated scores and feedback, MIWrite includes integrated teacher feedback and communication tools. With these tools teachers can:
- Add comments and suggestions within the body of a student’s essay
- Add scores and feedback regarding the essay’s textual evidence and content accuracy
- Post messages for the student
Teachers can use MI Write to facilitate student peer review. When peer review is enabled, students can request and provide peer feedback. Peerreview provides an additional source of timely, individualized feedback, while helping student students learn from one another how to identify and produce quality writing.
MI Write includes interactive lessons to help students learn about and practice a variety of writing skills.
MI Write offers usage and performance reports to help students, teachers, and school administrators set goals, track progress, and identify areas of strength and those needing improvement.
Writing Accessibility and Differentiation
MI Write’s accessibility resources include adaptable font size, background color, and highlighting. To support differentiation, MI Writeallows teachers to recommend prompts to individual or groups of students, provide personalized feedback, and adjust the scoring level as needed.
Evidence to Inform Use
MI Write is supported by an extensive research base. Researchers have examined (1) the efficacy of automated scoring and feedback in improving writing outcomes, (2) the accuracy of automated scoring as a screener for at-risk writers, (3) effects of AWE in naturalistic implementation contexts, and (4) best practices in AWE implementation to improve writing instruction. You can find a collection of select peer-reviewed publications at https://www.measurementinc.com/miwrite.