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Pathways to Writing

icon3.png WPP Writing Practice Program Grades 3-12

Strong writing skills are key to a successful future. WPP (Writing Practice Program) enables individual students in Grades 3 – 12 to work on their writing skills at their own pace. Guided by classroom instruction, WPP is an important online instructional tool that provides students with immediate feedback about their writing. WPP is available as a tool for schools as well as parents to help their students become better writers at home!


Schools: Try before you buy! Sign-up for a 60-day Pathways to Writing with WPP free trial.  

Free trial offer is only available to ERB Member Schools. 


Ordering and Pricing



School license agreement runs from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021. 


# of Students Price Per Student (Grades 3-12)

$45.00 for one year*

2 $90.00 for one year*
3 $135.00 for one year*
$180.00 for one year*
5 $225.00 for one year*




*License ends one year from the date of purchase.

Refund Policy

Please review the refund policy prior to purchase.


What's New 

WPP users have enjoyed enhancements each year and this upcoming year is no exception! The new updates make WPP more closely aligned to classroom instruction, current standards, and enable teachers and students to have more flexibility within the program.


What's New

Additional prompts, graphic organizers, and tutorials.

Students can work on more than one essay at a time and save essay drafts without submitting them for scoring.

Additional rules and enhanced error recognition for capitalization, punctuation, spelling/word usage, and sentence formation.

Teachers can change the grade level standards on which a student’s score is based and view student essays at all steps in the writing process.

Teachers can recommend a specific prompt to a student or group of students.

More accurate essay feedback leading to revision.

Enhanced teacher reports.

Much more!


 Features And Benefits

Pathways to Writing with WPP enables students in Grades 3 – 12 to work on their writing skills at their own pace, with individualized attention. This online program is available to students 24/7 from any computer with internet access, allowing students to challenge themselves either at home or in the classroom.


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  • Password-protected, 24/7 access to a user friendly, web-based program.
  • Pre-writing activities, graphic organizers, engaging tutorials with audio, and immediate feedback.
  • Stimulus-based and non-stimulus Narrative, Informative, and Argumentative prompts.
  • Provisions for teachers to write their own prompts or choose from pre-written prompts.
  • Sample essays for individual and/or small group instruction.
  • Teachers/schools can select benchmark or interim prompts to use as formative assessments.
  • Customizable user interface with options to increase font size, enable line-by-line reader, and more!

Essay Feedback And Scoring

Immediate essay feedback provides students with better information and analysis to inform the revision process--the key to improved writing!


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  • Notes capitalization, grammar, and spelling errors with multiple spelling suggestions.
  • Provides an overall essay score as well as scores for individual writing traits.
  • Suggests relevant tutorials based on student scores and prompt genre.
  • Students using WPP in school can engage in peer-to-peer collaboration and feedback.
  • Teachers can add their own feedback and suggestions to a student's essay.
  • Teachers can edit a student's scoring level to score essays based on different grade level standards.


Teachers and schools can access real-time reports, 24/7, to view student and class writing performance, an analysis of enabled prompts, use of program components, and writing progress over time.


Performance Reports

These reports allow teachers to view their class averages by trait, total score, and writing genre. Individual student performance reports show trait and total score averages.

Prompt Reports

Allow teachers to monitor how students are performing on specific prompts and how the prompts are being utilized in the class. Includes multiple options for sorting and viewing data as well as individual trait scores. 

Usage Reports

Show teachers how much students use the WPP program. The report lists the number of student essays, drafts, and submissions.

Progress Reports

Allows teachers to monitor class progress by month and across three years. 


icon_interpretation.png WPP Rubrics

The 6-trait, 5-point rubrics are genre specific and include criteria for Development of Ideas, Organization, Style, Sentence Structure, Word Choice, and Conventions. The 6-trait, 6-point rubric used in past years is essentially the same as the new one, with similar descriptors and language. While the total possible score (36 vs. 30) is somewhat different, both rubrics provide the link between assessment and instruction, with Pathways to Writing emphasizing practice that leads to revision and improved student writers. The language of the rubrics continue to embody expectations for all the key elements one would want to see in a piece of writing.


Narrative Rubric

Informative Rubric

Argumentative Rubric


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icon_question.png WPP FAQ

What are the basic elements of Pathways to Writing with WPP?

Pathways to Writing with WPP is an online writing program that provides a platform for students to practice and improve their writing skills. Once students submit their essays, they receive immediate feedback with an enhanced analysis of their writing that helps inform the revision process. 


WPP is organized by grade levels 3 to 12 with a variety of Narrative, Informative, and Argumentative stimulus-based and non-stimulus prompts available at each grade level. 


To keep pace with the developmental progression of students’ writing skills, the scoring standards change from one grade level to the next.

How does Pathways to Writing work?

Student writing is reliably scored using PEG, an automated essay-scoring algorithm. The scoring models have been verified to agree with human readers over 90 percent of the time. 

Does Pathways to Writing replace the reader-scored WrAP?

No. WrAP and Pathways to Writing complement each other. WrAP is a diagnostic assessment tool that helps identify strengths and weaknesses in student writing. WrAP reports can guide curriculum decisions, instructional goals, and provide language for enriched conversations about writing.


Pathways to Writing provides 24/7 opportunities for individual students to practice their writing skills. The key word is practice.  Pathways to Writing is an instructional tool for use inside (and outside) the classroom that provides students unlimited online writing practice. In addition, it is a practice platform for the WrAP stimulus-based prompts as it offers a wide variety of prompts with accompanying text(s).

How are the writing prompts developed?

Staff and member school educators experienced in teaching and assessment develop the writing prompts. New prompts are added each year. Prompts are crafted to elicit the best writing from students who come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

What criteria are used to score writing samples analytically?

Pathways to Writing scoring rubrics are genre specific. The descriptions of each trait differ depending on genre to provide more informative feedback for students. Traits include:


  • Development of Ideas: Unique descriptions for all genres. 
  • Organization: Unique description for Narrative; Informative and Argumentative share descriptions.             
  • Style: Unique description for Narrative; Informative and Argumentative share descriptions.
  • Sentence Structure: Unique description for Narrative; Informative and Argumentative share descriptions.                       
  • Word Choice: Same descriptions for all genres.
  • Conventions: Same descriptions for all genres.

How are student scores reported?

Student writing is automatically saved every 60 seconds. As soon as the student submits an essay for scoring, feedback is immediate and scores for each trait appear as a graph. An analysis for students to use in the revision process is also included. In addition, Pathways to Writing provides students with links to trait-specific tutorials based on their writing. Student portfolios save all essays and scores from year to year.

What are the technical requirements?

Click here, to view minimum system requirements.

How do I order?

Schools: order here.

Parents: order here.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

How is Pathways to Writing used as a formative tool?

Based on your school’s assessment plan, benchmark and interim prompts can be selected for use throughout the year. The Benchmark and Interim goal for stimulus-based prompts is at least a 3.0 across traits. The goal for non-stimulus prompts is at least a 4.0 across traits. Schools can choose to see growth in like genres over time or across genres. Multiple genres and writing purposes should be explored throughout the year as needed by your curriculum and teachers. WPP rubrics clearly articulate quality writing across genres and prompt types and are reliable indicators of where to target next step instruction.


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