Teachers moving away from formula-driven writing

Teachers at a Florida elementary school are blending writing lessons into other subjects and encouraging creativity and variation in an effort to move away from formula-driven writing that has appeared on state standardized tests in the past. The Orange County school has resisted pressure to teach students to memorize phrases and other information in preparation for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and instead students are writing journal entries, reading their autobiographies to their classmates and learning new words.

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