Every Child a Writer is a K-6 comprehensive program of instruction and assessment designed to ensure student mastery of the English Language Arts Standards. The 7-12 program is called Straight Up Writing.

The program is assessment-driven and differentiated for student success. An initial placement assessment determines each student's placement into one of the six ECAW Stages. Teachers differentiated their instruction by matching their students' needs to the appropriate ECAW writing stage resources and instructional activities.