Getting Started with
Track Your Success
Track Your Success is an assessment resource designed to help you monitor and report on the improvement in your students’ writing. It is great for teachers new to the Seven Steps as well as seasoned veterans.
In Track Your Success, you:
- test your students’ writing before teaching the Seven Steps, and then again after
- use all your Seven Steps resources to implement the Seven Steps with your students
- send us your results and we’ll build powerful graphs and analytics for you!
Below is a breakdown of exactly how to run Track Your Success in your school or classroom along with all the resources you’ll need to get started.
1. Design and set the pre-test writing task
Choose a type of text & topic
- The big secret
- The wave
- Spiders versus snakes – which are more dangerous?
- Ghosts really do exist
- Persuade your parents to give you a raise in pocket money
- How to ride a bike
- How to pick a name for your children
- What does it take to become the best at something?
Set the testing conditions
NAPLAN testing conditions:
- Planning time: 5 minutes
- Writing time: 30 minutes
- Editing time: 5 minutes
Seven Steps recommended testing conditions:
- Planning time: 10 minutes
- Writing time: 35 minutes
- Editing time: 5 minutes
Set the pre-writing task
Choose the marking criteria
Choose to mark your students’ work by using either the official NAPLAN Marking Criteria or the Seven Steps Marking Guides provided below.
The NAPLAN Marking Criteria
Mark students’ work based on the NAPLAN Marking Criteria. This will provide greater validity to senior leaders and decision makers while also providing a method of comparison to other year levels.
Years 3–9 only:
Narrative | Persuasive
- Text Structure
- Character & Setting / Persuasive Devices
- Sentence Structure
The Seven Steps Marking Criteria
Mark students’ work based on the Seven Steps Marking Rubric. This will provide greater insights into exactly where students’ have excelled and could improve. It will also be easier to provide actional feedback and continue developing weaker areas after testing.
Years F–10: [Marking Guides found on Seven Steps Online and the Writing Essentials in your Tool Kit]
Narrative | Persuasive | Informative
- Plan for Success
- Sizzling Starts
- Tightening Tension
- Dynamic Dialogue
- Show, Don’t Tell
- Ban the Boring
- Exciting Endings/Endings with Impact
Record your students' results
To complement your chosen Marking Guide, use one of the spreadsheets below to record your students’ marks. Save this file, as you will use it to record your students’ results again after your chosen period.
Tips on recording your students' results
- Start by filling in the details at the top. These are essential for the reports to generate some context.
- Fill in the students’ names and the first row of Year Level, Grade/Class and N, P or I (Narrative, Persuasive or Informative).
- Mark and record the first test results on the left-hand side of each student’s name (under the Pre-Test Results section).
- After the second test, fill in the rest of the details along the top panel and record the student data in the Post-Test Results section.
Send us your completed results spreadsheet and receive advanced reporting including a report for each individual student. Use the comment field next to each student’s name to add a comment to their individual report that you can give to them and their parents.
It is important that all the green fields are filled along the top, and for each student line. This is because we will use this information to help build a clearer report.
2. Train and teach the Seven Steps theory
Here’s the fun part, where students’ get to practise each of the Seven Steps in isolation! Use your Seven Steps resources including the manuals and Seven Steps Online to develop students skills in each area of writing.
We recommend 10–16 weeks on a single type of text (Narrative, Persuasive or Informative). During this time, students should not be given a full writing task to do, instead, focus on practising each of the seven techniques individually.
3. Set the post-test writing task
Mirror the pre-test conditions as closely as possible. Choose a new writing prompt of similar difficulty level but for the same type of text.
Fill in the post-test results into the same spreadsheet. Once fully completed, send us the Excel spreadsheet and we can uncover powerful insights for each of your students and provide class-level insights. Don’t forget to fill in a comment for each student for these to show up in your report.
4. Send us your results
Send your results to email@example.com and get powerful insights. We can even showcase your schools results on our website and celebrate your students’ success with your community!