School Improvement in Maryland

HSA English - ECR Rubric

Score 4

The response is a well-developed essay that fulfills the writing purpose.

  • Develops ideas using relevant and complete support and elaboration
  • Uses an effective organizational structure
  • Uses purposeful word choice
  • Demonstrates attention to audience’s understanding and interest
  • Has no errors in usage or conventions that interfere with meaning
Score 3

The response is a complete essay that addresses the writing purpose.

  • Develops ideas using adequate support and elaboration
  • Uses an organizational structure that supports the writing purpose
  • Uses clear word choice
  • Demonstrates an awareness of audience’s understanding and interest
  • Has few, if any, errors in usage and conventions that interfere with meaning
Score 2

The response is an incomplete or oversimplified attempt to address the writing purpose.

  • Has incomplete or unclear support and elaboration
  • Attempts to use an organizational structure
  • Demonstrates little awareness of audience’s understanding and interest
  • May have errors in usage and conventions that interfere with meaning
Score 1

The response provides evidence of an attempt to address the prompt.

  • Has minimal or no support or elaboration
  • May be too brief to demonstrate an organizational structure
  • Demonstrates little or no awareness of audience
  • May have errors in usage and conventions that interfere with meaning
Score 0

The response is completely irrelevant or incorrect, or there is no response.

Revised March 2006