Rubrics are often used by teachers to evaluate their students’ performance on an assignment. These are particularly helpful when students complete writing assignments, as it sets expectations for the students on what is needed from them to earn points at each level. Students can view descriptions and examples of work at the various levels to see why they earned their score.

We’ve reviewed a number of rubrics to help teachers score their students’ writing. We really like how the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Constructed Response Rubric aligns with our check-scoring system. 

One way to match up the SBAC to Newsela’s scores:

Two examples of how a student’s writing could align to Newsela’s score/points:

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Article: Scientists say reconstructed dinosaur had body built for swimming

Writing Prompt: If you were going to add another picture or a chart to this article to help readers better understand an important point, what would it be and why?

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Article: Concussion study finds shorter rest period as effective for adolescents

Prompt: Write a short paragraph that explains the central idea of the article. Use at least two details from the article to support your response.