Because writing is subjective in nature, parents often feel uncertain about assessing their child's writing strengths and weaknesses.
The writing assessment will evaluate your child's writing skills in four key areas:
Parents will receive a written evaluation of their child's writing as well as a twenty minute verbal consultation with Kris, or one of her trained teachers, explaining their child's writing strengths and weaknesses and making recommendations for future instruction.
Because writing is subjective in nature, it is often difficult for parents to know what they should be expecting from their child's writing assignments. Regardless of a student’s age, basic writing skills MUST be taught, understood, and mastered . . . but without an answer key, how does a parent evaluate writing without expecting too much? And since writing is a personal reflection of one's thoughts, feelings, knowledge, etc., students often struggle with the evaluation from a parent, creating a challenging situation. Allowing an experienced writing teacher to provide specific feedback enables parents to create a plan for teaching and evaluating writing that will help meet the needs of their child.
Follow these steps:
- Contact Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a writing assessment.
- After you receive a phone call from Kris to clarify the details of the assessment, you will submit a composition written by your child.
- You will then receive a written assessment indicating your child's strengths and weaknesses.
- Once the composition has been received, you will be contacted to schedule a time to connect via telephone or skype with Kris.
- Finally, you will connect verbally to discuss the assessment, clarifying the written comments and recommendations.
This writing assessment is especially helpful for parents with children in junior high and high school. As children grow older, it becomes more important that they learn specific writing skills as opposed to younger students who simply benefit from enjoying creative writing. But the assessment may also be very helpful, although not as necessary, for children in grades 4-6, especially if they have a more academic curriculum and/or have strong verbal skills.
Of course the cost will vary depending upon the length of the composition that you wish to have assessed. Younger students need only submit one to two paragraphs of writing, while high school students should submit a multi-paragraph composition (4-5 paragraphs). Typically the cost for an assessment is $50-$80, but it is determined on a case by case basis.