Writing Rubrics for 2017-18

Connections Between Writing Rubrics and TN Academic Standards for ELA

The Tennessee writing rubrics are designed to score the student responses from the writing portion of the TNReady assessment. Each rubric is aligned to the appropriate grade-level standards in the Writing and Language strands. Though the rubrics are not explicitly designed to be used as instructional resources, the department provides the writing rubrics in advance so that educators can prepare students for the writing portion of the TNReady assessment.

Second Grade - ELA
 

Third Grade - ELA
 

Fourth and Fifth Grades - ELA

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades - ELA

High School -ELA

Notes on ELA rubrics:

  • The grade 2 rubric has not changed.
  • Grade 3 has a new writing rubric aligned to writing standard W.RBPK.8.
  • The content of the rubrics has largely remained the same in grades 4 through high school with some language revised for clarity. Perhaps the largest revision is found in the sequencing of the four traits. While the traits remain the same, Focus and Organization has been reordered to come before Development. This placement reflects the logical order of the writing process as well as best instructional practice—writers focus their ideas and then supply relevant evidence to support those ideas.

U.S. History

The Tennessee writing rubric for U.S. History is designed to score the student responses from the writing portion of the TNReady assessment. It was crafted in 2014 and has two strands: content and literacy. The content strand is focused on a student’s knowledge of prompt specific U. S. History, while the literacy strand focuses on ensuring that ELA skills are also present in a student response. Though the rubrics are not explicitly designed to be used as instructional resources, the department provides the writing rubric in advance so that educators can prepare students for the writing portion of the TNReady assessment.

Anchor Papers

The TNReady writing rubrics are designed to be applied holistically rather than through a checklist. Each student response is unique, and each rubric score point is broad. Annotated student anchor papers serve as examples of how the rubrics are applied to individual papers and represent a range of performance levels.

Among their many uses, anchor papers can be used to:

  • Deepen understanding of the writing rubrics
  • Serve as model essays during instruction
  • Guide discussions about feedback and revisions
  • Build confidence and consistency in scoring

Educators can find writing prompts and annotated student responses in EdTools under "2017 Writing Resources."