2022 HELIX In-Person Experience: High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

31. Grow Your Toolbox: Outcome Writing Assessments for Students with Complex Learning Needs

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Session Dates

Wednesday November 16, 2022 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel


Educators have a growing appreciation of the need for science-based writing instruction for students with complex learning needs (CLN). As a result, authentic academic measures are being sought to drive and align this high-quality instruction with standards and measure progress. In this session you will discover how the Developmental Writing Scale (DWS), partnered with additional writing measures, can re-frame how educational teams conceptualize and work with beginning writers of all ages, many with complex learning needs. The progress monitoring outcome measures shared in this session can be used by school teams to identify present performance levels, establish goals, design instruction, and monitor progress. Participants will hear case study and classroom examples applying the assessment tools to increase academic success!

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe two advantages of the Developmental Writing Scale for beginning writers.
  • List two additional measures that can be used for beginning writers.
  • Apply the quantity and quality measures to samples written by students with complex learning needs.


Target Audience

Teachers, administrators, speech language pathologists, related service providers, consultants, training and consulting staff, paraprofessionals, family members Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Annette Bauerlein, at 810-878-7211, or abauerlein@pattankop.net.

Event Info

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Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Janet Sturm Ph.D. CCC-SLP BCS-CL

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Content Contact:

Kristin Starosta