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PENNSYLVANIA WRITING ASSESSMENT DOMAIN SCORING GUIDE Focus Content Organization Style Conventions Grammar, mechanics, spelling, The

choice, use and The order developed The presence of ideas The single controlling usage and sentence formation arrangement of words developed through facts, and sustained within point made with an and sentence structures and across paragraphs awareness of task (mode) examples, anecdotes, that create tone and voice using transitional details, opinions, about a specific topic statistics, reasons, and/or devices and including introduction and explanations conclusion 4 Focus Sharp, distinct controlling point made about a single topic with evident awareness of task (mode) Apparent point made about a single topic with sufficient awareness of task (mode) No apparent point but evidence of a specific topic Minimal evidence of a topic Content Substantial, specific, and/or illustrative content demonstrating strong development and sophisticated ideas Sufficiently developed content with adequate elaboration or explanation Limited content with inadequate elaboration or explanation Superficial and/or minimal content Organization Sophisticated arrangement of content with evident and/or subtle transitions Style Precise, illustrative use of a variety of words and sentence structures to create consistent writers voice and tone appropriate to audience Functional arrangement Generic use of a variety of content that sustains of words and sentence structures that may or a logical order with may not create writers some evidence of voice and tone transitions appropriate to audience Limited word choice and Confused or control of sentence inconsistent arrangement of content structures that inhibit voice and tone with or without attempts at transition Minimal control of Minimal variety in word content arrangement choice and minimal control of sentence structures Conventions Evident control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation

Sufficient control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation

Limited control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation Minimal control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation OFF-PROMPT Is readable but did not respond to prompt

NON-SCOREABLE Is illegible; i.e. includes so many indecipherable words that no sense can be made of the response Is incoherent; i.e. words are legible but syntax is so garbled that response makes no sense Is insufficient; i.e. does not include enough to assess domains adequately