Californi a State Uni versity, Chico
College of Business
Writing Rubric- Gui delines for Assessment
TRAIT UNACCEPTAB LE (1) ACCEPTAB LE (2) SUPERIOR (3)
Organization of Writing is not concise and has a tendency to Writing could be a bit mo re concis e. Focus and Writing is concise. Information is presented in a
Ideas and ramble. No clear direct ion in the writ ing. Lack of direction of writing is acceptable, but could use a manner which makes it extremely easy for the
Content focus and organization interfere with litt le wo rk. Organization doesn’t interfere with reader to understand the points being made.
(OIC) communicat ion and understanding. If appropriate: communicat ion and understanding, but could use a Ideas are clearly stated. Focus and direction of
Lacks a clear introduction and conclusion. Needs bit more attention. If appropriate: Introduction and the writ ing are ext remely clear. If appropriate:
work. conclusion are acceptable, but could use a little Co mpelling introduction, informat ive body with
work. details, and effective conclusion.
Sentence Poorly developed sentences. Sentences don’t Sentences usually flow well wh ile at other times are Extremely well developed sentences. Sentences
Structure express ideas well. Sentence structure is awkward due to lack of conciseness, wordiness, or flow well. Sentences clearly express ideas.
(SS) sometimes so poor that it makes read ing and lack of appropriate structure. Overall, most sentences Sentences are concise.
understanding difficult. Sentences are awkward, clearly express ideas.
rambling and would sound strange if read out loud.
Paragraph Sentences within a paragraph are unrelated. No Similar to Superior, but a few paragraphs need Organization of paragraphs enhances
Structure clear d irection within the paragraph. Connections improvements. Most sentences within a paragraph readability. Sentences within paragraph all build
(PS) between paragraphs are confusing. Needs work. build upon or relate to a single issue. A few upon or relate to a single issue. Logical flow.
paragraphs lack good lead-in or transitional Good lead-in sentence for each paragraph. Good
sentences. transition between paragraphs.
Word Choice Writer struggles to use appropriate vocabulary. Writer uses familiar words well and occasionally Sophisticated and appropriate use of vocabulary.
and Tone Language is vague. Words are used incorrectly. makes more sophisticated word choices. Tone and Word choice adds to quality of the writing and
(WCT) Tone and word choice are inappropriate for word choice are appropriate for the intended enhances overall meaning. Tone and word
intended audience. Inappropriate use of “casual audience. choice are appropriate for the intended audience.
language” and clichés. Needs work.
Grammar, Writing contains numerous and/or significant Writing contains a few insignificant errors that don’t Writing is nearly error free. For examp le, paper
Punctuation, and errors which interfere with co mprehension and interfere with co mprehension or distract from the has no more than one error on any given page,
Spelling distract fro m the message. For example, three or message. For examp le, two minor errors on a page, or for longer papers, no more than four errors
(GPS) more errors on a page, or for longer papers, more or for longer papers, five or fewer minor erro rs throughout paper.
than five errors in the whole paper. Needs work. throughout the paper.
Professional Document has numerous and significant printing Document is reasonably neat and professional Document is e xtremely neat and professional
Format and Use and/or formatting problems. Aesthetic qualities of looking. Docu ment has a few minor formatting or looking. Everything formatted correctly. Proper
of Conventions the paper would be an embarrassment to an convention problems (e.g., citations and use of any necessary conventions (e.g., citations
(PF) organization. Doesn’t follo w basic formatting documentation). and documentation). Paper’s aesthetic qualities
conventions (e.g., citations and documentation). are what one would expect fro m a business
Needs work . professional.
Professionalism The reader (e.g., instructor, coworker, client, CEO) The reader (e.g., instructor, coworker, client, CEO) The reader (e.g., instructor, coworker, client,
of this document would view it as unprofessionally of this document would view it to be adequate, but CEO) o f this document would v iew it as
written. not extremely professional. extremely professional.