Grading of Writing

Room 251 Writing Assessment Guide*

  • The holistic scores given will be considered as follows:
    • A (score of 95%) will be given for work that is exemplary upon “teacher-ready” draft – showing mature writing development, attention to detail, thoughtful discourse, and authentic/appropriate “voice.”
    • B (score of 85%) will be given for work that is adequate upon “teacher-ready” draft – showing glimmers of mature writing development, reasonable attention to detail, thoughtful discourse, and emerging authentic/appropriate “voice.”
    • C (score of 75%) will be given for work that is developing upon “teacher-ready” draft – developing mature writing style, could improve attention to detail, focus and elaboration, providing sometimes thoughtful discourse, and glimmers/hints of authentic/appropriate “voice.”
    • D (score of 65%) will be given for work that is considered unacceptable upon “teacher-ready” draft – generally lacking maturity, attention to detail, thoughtful discourse, and attempt at authentic voice.
    • F (score of 50%) will be given for work that is shoddy upon “teacher-ready” draft, largely incomplete, incredibly late, riddled with errors, or mostly incomprehensible.
    • Note: No matter how wonderful your work is, incomplete work will result in a deduction of points no less than a letter grade per missing item.
  • Improvements made to drafts after returned by the instructor will be assessed based on writing development and appropriate revision. Points will be awarded as follows:
    • A work may earn extra points resulting in a grade of 96 -100%.
    • B work may earn extra points resulting in a grade of 86 – 96%.
    • C work may earn extra points resulting in a grade of 76 – 87%.
    • D work may earn extra points resulting in a grade of 66 – 78%.
    • F work may earn extra points resulting in a grade of 51 – 69%.
    • Deadlines for improvements to be made will be given as the semester progresses. Please revise and resubmit work when you feel it is worthy of reassessment.
    • No resubmissions may be turned in after the final due date set by the instructor

*This is NOT a grading scale. (You don’t need a 95% to get an A). This course follows the same grading scale as all others (10 point scale).

Holistic scoring works like this:  If your paper is an A paper, it will be given a 95%.  If your paper is a B paper, it gets 85%, and so forth according to the assessment sheet.  Unless you make revisions later (to earn extra points) OR turn in work late (which will result in a deduction), there are no other percentage scores on papers.

This means EVERYONE’s paper that falls into a grade range, gets that “on-the-fives” grade, not that the grading scale itself is altered in any way.

If you have more questions, ask Mrs. C in class.

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