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Writing Assessments
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Writing Assessments: General info, Rubrics, Scoring Guides

The following assessments are valued by many schools around the country.

College Board - SAT
The scoring rubric is available at the official College Board site.

ACT Optional Writing Section
A thirty minute argumentative essay that asks students to take a stance on relevant issues.

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6+1 Trait Rubric 
NWERL website.  From the classroom level to the state level, the 6-trait writing model is widely used.  The six traits include content, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and voice.  Some teachers add a seventh trait, presentation (which includes handwriting).

Universities Using Portfolio-based Writing Assessment

Assessments By State

Writing assessed at grades 3-10.


Arizona AIMS 
Writing assessed at grades 3-8, again at high school level. NWERL 6-trait writing model.


Narrative and expository writing assessed at grade 4, expository and persuasive at grades 8, 10.

Teacher evaluation/writing portfolio at grade 3, formal assessment at grades 5, 8, and 11. 

Narrative writing assessed at grade 5, expository at grades 7 and 9.  Holistic scoring.

Writing assessed at grades 3, 5 ,6 , 8, and 11.

Writing assessed at 5th grade, 8th grade, and higschool. Scoring based on 6-trait model.

Kentucky (portfolio-based)



Narrative essay at grade 4, descriptive essay at grade 8, persuasive essay at grade 11.
New Hampshire
Part of the New England Common Assessment program.

North Carolina
Narrative writing assessed at grade 4, argumentative at grade 7, informational at grade 10.


Rhode Island
Part of the New England Common Assessment Program

South Dakota

Narrative writing assessed at grade 5, expository essay at grade 8, persuasive essay at grade 11

Part of the New England Common Assessment Project.  Writing assessed at grades 5, 8, and 11.

6-trait writing model, assesssed at grades 3-8, highschool

Washington  Information on the new tests: MSP (grades 3-8) and HSPE (high school).The writing portion (Grades 4,7, and 10) will still take place over 2 days. Math and reading subtests have been shortened and no longer contain extended-response essay questions.                

Writing Markets (and Info) for Young Writers:      Back to Top

Internet Safety for Young Writers

Avoiding Kids' Writing Scams

Children's Online Privacy Act

The Write Source        The Write Source Publishing Guidelines
The Write Source publishes samples of exemplary writing, grades 1-12!

Apricot Pie
Online lit journal by homeschoolers and homeschooling graduates (teenagers and young adults)

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Homeschooling Suite's Guide to Getting Kids' Work Published

Homeschool Writers' Contest Deadlines

This amazing site was created by a twelve-year-old homeschooler and her family!

Kids on the Net Creative Writing Showcase

Stone Soup's Guide to "Breaking into Print"
Information on submitting work to Stone Soup and other kid's magazines

Student Writing Contests
Annual competitions in poetry, narrative, and expository writing

Meddybemps Writers Showcase

Story starters and a chance to win an author's T-shirt

Writing Help

The Writing Process

5 paragraph essay

Writing Prompts

Blowing Away State Writing Assessments (book)

An article on basic paragraph structure

The basics for secondary students, from About.com

Second Language Learning

Study Abroad London
Experience the world in an exciting new way with a study abroad experience in London.

Resources For Homeschooling Families (Nationwide):    Back to Top

State Laws Regarding Homeschooling

The Comprehension Toolkit`
Literature-based resource kit for teaching the strategies of proficient readers

The Children's Poetry Archive
Listen to poetry online

Teach Art at Home
Get a free art lesson each month

Homeschool Curriculum and Support
Developed by homeschoolers for homeschoolers. A wealth of easily accessible resources.

Lesson Tutor
Free articles, lesson plans, and more. Find articles on learning abilities/disabilities and homeschooling.

Read, Write, Think
Lesson plans and resources from the International Reading Association

Zen Home School
Peace education

For Homeschooling Families (Washington State):

Washington State Homeschooling Law
Description of 4 options available to homeschooling familes

Washington OSPI assessment/testing

Seattle Public Schools Homeschool Resource
Concurrent enrollment option for those in Seattle district

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