Rubric for the Assessment of Written English (AWE)

(September 2013)
 
 
Placement Level:  English 1A 

Reader Compensation & Comprehensibility:
Very little reader compensation for comprehensibility required
 
Organization:
1. Generally well organized
2. Main idea clear and effective

Development:
1. Coherent
2. Details are provided and are effective
3. Generally sustained development
4. Appropriate sense of audience

Reasoning & Ideas:
1. Critical thinking is evident
2. Logic is clear
3. Effectively addresses the prompt

Language:
1. May have infrequent sentence boundary issues
2. Syntax/sentence structure is clear and may be sophisticated
3. Purposeful word use

 
Placement Level:  English 68
 
Reader Compensation & Comprehensibility:
Little reader compensation for comprehensibility required
 
Organization:
1. Adequately organized
2. Main idea present and generally successful

Development:
1. Generally coherent
2. Details are provided and are generally effective
3. Occasional difficulty sustaining development
4. Generally appropriate sense of audience

Reasoning & Ideas:
1. Some critical thinking is evident
2. Logic is mostly clear
3. Addresses most aspects of the prompt

Language:
1. May have occasional sentence boundary issues
2. Syntax/sentence structure is generally correct with some attempts at variety
3. Purposeful and mostly appropriate word choice


Placement Level:  English 67

Reader Compensation & Comprehensibility:
Some reader compensation for comprehensibility required

Organization:
1. Some organization may be present but may be inconsistent or illogical
2. Main idea may be present but moderately successful

Development:
1. Somewhat coherent
2. Details are present though some may be ineffective
3. Some difficulty sustaining development 
4. Some sense of audience
 
Reasoning & Ideas:
1. Some critical thinking is attempted but may lack sophistication
2. Logic may have some inconsistencies
3. Addresses the prompt unevenly

Language:
1. May have some sentence boundary issues, including FS, CS, and frag
2. Syntax/sentence structure is mostly correct but may be simple
3. Generally appropriate word choice
 

Placement Level:  LERN 81

Reader Compensation & Comprehensibility:
Some to large degree of reader compensation for comprehensibility may be required

Organization:
1. May have some to no attempts at organization; may have a nonacademic format
2. Main idea may be present or attempted

Development:
1. May have some to no coherence
2. May have some to no specific details
3. May have some to no sustained development
4. May have some sense of audience; may be conversational

Reasoning & Ideas:
1. May have superficial to cursory critical thinking
2. May have some to no logical reasoning
3. May address few to some elements in prompt; may misinterpret prompt
 
Language:
1. May have some to frequent sentence boundary issues: FS, CS, fragments
2. Syntax/sentence structure is mostly correct but may be simple
3. Generally appropriate word choice; may be simple/informal

 
Placement Level:  AmLa 43W

Reader Compensation & Comprehensibility:
Little or no reader compensation for comprehensibility required

Organization:
1. Some organization may be present but with limited success
2. Main idea may be present but moderately successful

Development:
1. Generally consistent coherence
2. Some to many specific relevant details
3. Some difficulty sustaining development

Reasoning & Ideas:
1. Some critical thinking
2. Some logical reasoning
3. Addresses most elements introduced in prompt but unevenly
 
Language:
1. Mostly accurate use of basic sentence patterns (S+V+O)
2. Mostly correct syntax/sentence structure
3. Consistent use of simple tenses* and often accurate attempts at complex tenses**
4. Coordination/subordination present & often successful
5. Expanded vocabulary with some purposeful (perhaps idiomatic) word use and some inappropriate word choices
6. Mostly appropriate use of prompt language
7. Some to few errors in articles, plurals, prepositions

*simple present, past, future (dance, danced, will dance)
**complex verb tenses: present perfect, past progressive, past perfect, modals (have learned, was learning, had learned, should/can learn)

 
Placement Level: AmLa 42W

Reader Compensation & Comprehensibility:
Reasonable degree of reader compensation for comprehensibility required

Organization:
1. Inadequate organization
2. Main idea may be expressed but may be simplistic

Development:
1. Inconsistent coherence
2. Some specific relevant details
3. Difficulty sustaining development; may have repetition of ideas

Reasoning & Ideas:
1. Cursory critical thinking
2. Limited evidence of logical reasoning
3. Addresses prompt simply

Language:
1. Generally accurate use of basic sentence structure (S+V+O)
2. Generally clear syntax/sentence structure
3. Generally correct use of simple verb tenses* with some attempts at more complex verb tenses**
4. Coordination/subordination present & sometimes successful
5. Inconsistent use of appropriate vocabulary
6. Some appropriate use of prompt language
7. Some errors in articles, plurals, prepositions

*simple present, past, future (dance, danced, will dance)
**complex verb tenses: present perfect, past progressive, past perfect, modals (have learned, was learning, had learned, should/can learn)
 
 
Placement Level: AmLa 41W

Reader Compensation & Comprehensibility:
Large degree of reader compensation for comprehensibility required
 
Organization:
1. No or inadequate organization
2. Main idea may be expressed but may be inadequate

Development:
1. Limited coherence
2. Few or some specific relevant details
3. Insufficiently developed

Reasoning & Ideas:
1. May attempt critical thinking
2. Inadequate logical reasoning
3. Misinterprets or addresses prompt simply

Language:
1. Some basic sentence structure (S+V+O)
2. Confusing syntax/sentence structure
3. Some correct use of simple tenses.*
4. Coordination/subordination limited and/or incorrect
5. Simple vocabulary
6. Some inappropriate repetition of prompt language
7. Many errors in articles, plurals, prepositions

*simple present, past, future (dance, danced, will dance)
 
 
Placement Level:  ESL

Reader Compensation & Comprehensibility:
Excessive degree of reader compensation for comprehensibility required

Organization:
1. Little to no organization
2. No clear main idea expressed

Development:
1. No or interrupted coherence
2. No or few specific relevant details
3. No or little development

Reasoning & Ideas:
1. No critical thinking
2. Little to no logical reasoning
3. Misinterprets or partially addresses prompt

Language:
1. Short sentences or word groups
2. Incomprehensible syntax/sentence structure with some to many missing elements (e.g. subjects, verbs)
3. Inconsistent and/or inaccurate use of simple tenses*
4. Generally no coordination/subordination
5. Limited vocabulary. Use of basic verbs (have, do, go)
6. Frequent inappropriate use of prompt language
7. Chronic errors in articles, plurals, prepositions
8. Revert to primary language

*simple present, past, future (dance, danced, will dance)

Gen 1.5 Writers
Placement Level:  ESL , AmLa 41W, AmLa 42W, AmLa 43W
  • Limited or incorrect use of idiomatic language (I was boring, I feel like to study)
  • VT/VF often incorrect
  • Multiple errors in prepositions/articles/plurals that interfere with meaning
Placement Level:  LERN 81, English 67, English 68, English 1A 
  • Expanded use of idiomatic language(I was mixed up, I feel like studying)
  • Largely correct VT/VF (occasional missing-ing/ed/s)
  • Some acceptable errors in prepositions/articles/plurals