LITERACY AND THE COMMON COREIf your state is using PARCC Assessments, please note that PARCC recently (on July 29, 2014) updated the writing rubrics.

UPDATE 11-6-14: The original links on the PARCC Website no longer work (for No Apparent Reason).  Fortunately I had downloaded the files, so you can still download them here!

Here are the rubrics:

PARCC Grade 3 July 29 Rubric Final

PARCC Grades 4-5 July 29 Rubric Final

PARCC Grades 6-11 July 29 Rubric Final

Also, if you do not currently subscribe to the PARCC Newsletter, which periodically provides such updates, you can sign up here:

As things continue to evolve, it’s a good idea to stay in the loop!

***PLEASE NOTE: Check out TLC “PARCC Prep” page for the most current information I have on PARCC preparation.



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3 Responses to PARCC Update: NEW WRITING RUBRICS

  1. Amalia Trono says:

    In using thee rubric for writing 6-11, do you use a combined score ?
    Ex, Narrative 4 on Organization and 3 on Language is a combined score of 7.

    • Hi, Amalia–GOOD QUESTION! I looked at the rubrics more closely, and as far as I can tell, they do not use a combined score. Here is why I believe this: 1) There is no mention anywhere of combining the scores for the two rows; 2) In similar rubrics I’ve seen (e.g., on NJ State Assessments), they have multiple rows but do not combine scores; and 3) The absence of a “4” description in the Conventions row suggests that to earn a 3 or a 4, you have to demonstrate full command, and whether you get 3 or 4 depends on how you do in the other row. Please let me know if you have any counterarguments; I could be wrong about this.

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