PARCC Writing Rubrics

Writing Rubrics for the
PARCC Assessment
August 2014
Vincent Segalini
• The writing rubrics for the PARCC assessment
were created to score on-demand writing
tasks for an assessment. They are more
general than writing rubrics that would be
used to score writing in the classroom.
– These rubrics are holistic.
– These rubrics are not grade specific (other than
grade 3).
Writing on the PARCC Assessment
• Students will write three responses as part of
the Performance Based Assessment (PBA).
– A literary analysis task
– A narrative task
– A research simulation task
• ALL students will definitely write a narrative
story for the narrative task.
Writing on the PARCC Assessment
• The two other writing tasks (LAT and RST) will
be a combination of:
– Informative/explanatory writing
– Opinion (3-5) or argumentative writing (6-11)
• It is not guaranteed students will write one
informative piece and one argumentative
piece. They may write two informative pieces.
It is improbable that they would write two
opinion/argumentative pieces.
• There are 6 different rubrics:
– Grade 3 LAT/RST (Informative/Explanatory and
Opinion) Rubric
– Grade 3 Narrative Rubric
– Grades 4-5 LAT/RST (Informative/Explanatory and
Opinion) Rubric
– Grades 4-5 Narrative Rubric
– Grades 6-11 LAT/RST (Informative/Explanatory and
Argumentative) Rubric
– Grades 6-11 Narrative Rubric
Grade 3
• There are not 4 score points for grade 3
because third grade writing lacks the
sophistication to differentiate between the
highest score points.
• Students will receive a score for each
construct, such as 4,4,3.
LAT/RST Rubric
(Informative/Explanatory and Argumentative)
LAT/RST Rubric
(Informative/Explanatory and Argumentative)
Keys for Reading Comprehension
• “…ideas stated explicitly and inferentially…”
• Scorers need to see that a student
understands the texts.
– This would include evidence of understanding,
including direct references, inferences, etc.
LAT/RST Rubric
(Informative/Explanatory and Argumentative)
Keys for Written Expression
• These scores are weighted 3 times. For
example, if a student receives a 3 for Written
Expression, it is weighted as a 9.
• Students must respond to all parts of the
• They must write in the specified discipline
(narrative, essay, etc.).
Keys to Written Expression
• The three key ideas:
– Respond to the prompt appropriately, using
evidence to show understanding.
– Organization
– Style
• Scorers will ensure that the style and
organization is effective for the specified genre
of writing.
LAT/RST Rubric
(Informative/Explanatory and Argumentative)
Keys to Written Conventions
• There will be errors. They key is whether or
not these errors impact meaning.
• “…appropriate level of complexity…”
• Students need to provide enough text to
determine comprehension of conventions.
Narrative Task
Narrative Task
Coded Responses
PCR Example
Awesome Resources
Common Core Website
MDE Curriculum and Instruction Website
MDE Common Core Website
MDE SharePoint Website
PARCC Website
Contact Information
Office of Curriculum and Instruction
Nathan Oakley - Director of Curriculum
Dr. Marla Davis - Mathematics
Vincent Segalini - English/Language Arts
Chauncey Spears - AP/Gifted/Social Studies
Robin Lemonis - Early Childhood Literacy/Dyslexia/RtI

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