The following writing standards represent what states* typically specify as fourth grade benchmarks in writing proficiency: Fourth grade writing standards focus on the writing process as the primary tool to help children become independent writers. In Grade 9, students are taught to use each phase of the process as follows: Use of technology: Fourth grade students use available technology to support aspects of creating, revising, editing, and publishing texts in various forms. Students demonstrate basic keyboarding skills and familiarity with computer terminology. In addition, fourth graders work to exhibit an identifiable voice in personal narratives and in stories. They choose the appropriate form for their own purpose for writing, including journals, letters, reviews, poems, and narratives. Most state writing assessments are correlated to state writing standards. These standards-based tests measure what students know in relation to what they’ve been taught. Educators consider standards-based tests to be the most useful as these tests show how individual students are meeting grade-level expectations. Teachers use the assessments to pinpoint where each student needs improvement.
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