Reflection: Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced) Persuasive Writing Scoring For Standardized Testing - Section 3: Grading Review


I am always surprised as to how harsh students can be when they grade these writing samples. Most of the samples are given lower scores than what they actually received. For anyone enacting this lesson, it's important to be able to understand the wording behind the rubric and how it works. Teachers need to be able to communicate to a class how and why a sample earned a grade that was given by another scorer. This lesson can be fun when students are grading because it does give them a sense of power when they are using the rubric. The challenging part is when I try to explain to a class how and why a piece earned a higher, or lower, grade then what they gave it.

  Students As Graders
  Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced): Students As Graders
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Persuasive Writing Scoring For Standardized Testing

Unit 13: Standardized Test Preparation
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT analyze examples of persuasive writing pieces to understand grading criteria for a standardized test.

Big Idea: Students can be harsh graders: Using a holistic rubric to grade student writing

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English / Language Arts, Persuasive Writing, Writing, scoring, rubric, test prep
  43 minutes
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