Grading Rubric (Based on the new SAT Scoring Guide) Mrs. Mucinskas Score of A Score of B+/B Score of B- An essay/presentation in this category is An essay/presentation in this category is An essay/presentation in this category is outstanding, demonstrating clear and effective, demonstrating reasonably competent, demonstrating adequate consistent mastery, although it may have a consistent mastery, although it may have mastery, although it may have lapses in few minor errors. A typical essay: occasional errors or lapses in quality. A quality. A typical essay: typical essay: Effectively and insightfully Effectively develops a point of Develops a point of view on develops a point of view on the view on the issue and the issue and demonstrates issue and demonstrates demonstrates strong critical competent critical thinking, outstanding critical thinking, thinking, generally using using adequate examples, using clearly appropriate appropriate examples, reasons, reasons, and other evidence to examples, reasons, and other and other evidence to support support its position evidence to support its reason its opinion Is well organized and clearly Is well organized and focused, Is generally organized and focused, demonstrating clear demonstrating coherence and focused, demonstrating some coherence and smooth progression of ideas coherence and progression of progression of ideas ideas Exhibits skillful use of Exhibits facility in the use of Exhibits adequate but language, using a varied, language, using appropriate inconsistent facility in the use accurate, and apt vocabulary vocabulary of language, using generally appropriate vocabulary Demonstrates meaningful Demonstrates variety in Demonstrates some variety in variety in sentence structure sentence structure sentence structure Is free of most errors in Is generally free of most errors Has some errors in grammar, grammar, usage, and in grammar, usage and usage, and mechanics mechanics mechanics Score of C Score of D Score of F An essay/presentation in this category is An essay in this category is seriously An essay in this category is fundamentally inadequate, but demonstrates developing limited, demonstrating little mastery, and lacking, demonstrating very little or no mastery, and is marked by ONE OR is flawed by ONE OR MORE of the mastery, and is flawed in ONE OR MORE of the following weaknesses: following weaknesses: MORE of the following weaknesses: Develops a point of view on Develops a point of view that Develops no viable point of the issue, demonstrating some is vague or seriously limited, view on the issue, or provides critical thinking, but may do so demonstrating weak critical little or no evidence to support inconsistently or use thinking, providing its position inadequate examples, reasons, inappropriate or insufficient or other evidence to support its examples, reasons, or other position evidence to support its position Is limited in its organization or Is poorly organized and/or Is disorganized or unfocused, focus, or may demonstrate focused, or demonstrates resulting in a disjointed or some lapses in coherence or serious problems with incoherent essay progression of ideas coherence or progression of ideas Displays developing facility in Displays very little facility in Displays fundamental errors in the use of language, but the use of language, using very vocabulary sometimes uses weak limited vocabulary or incorrect vocabulary or inappropriate word choice word choice Lacks variety or demonstrates Demonstrates frequent Demonstrates severe flaws in problems in sentence structure problems in sentence structure sentence structure Contains an accumulation or Contains errors in grammar, Contains pervasive errors in errors in grammar, usage, and usage, and mechanics so grammar, usage, or mechanics mechanics serious that meaning is that persistently interfere with somewhat obscured meaning Essays not written on the essay assignment will receive a score of zero.
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