OSA

Office of State Assessment

Revised Generic Scoring Rubric - Appendix C

ORIGINAL THEMATIC ESSAY GENERIC SCORING RUBRIC 2000 REVISED THEMATIC ESSAY GENERIC SCORING RUBRIC 2004

Score of 5:

  • Shows a thorough understanding of the theme or problem
  • Addresses all aspects of the task
  • Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare and/or contrast issues and events
  • Richly supports the theme or problem with relevant facts, examples, and details
  • Is a well-developed essay, consistently demonstrating a logical and clear plan of organization
  • Introduces the theme or problem by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the task and concludes with a summation of the theme or problem

Score of 5:




  • Thoroughly develops all aspects of the task evenly and in depth
  • Is more analytical than descriptive (analyzes, evaluates, and/or creates information)
  • Richly supports the theme with many relevant facts, examples, and details
  • Demonstrates a logical and clear plan of organization; includes an introduction and a conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme

Score of 4:

  • Shows a good understanding of the theme or problem
  • Addresses all aspects of the task
  • Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare and/or contrast issues and events
  • Includes relevant facts, examples, and details, but may not support all aspects of the theme or problem evenly
  • Is a well-developed essay, demonstrating a logical and clear plan of organization
  • Introduces the theme or problem by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the task and concludes with a summation of the theme or problem

Score of 4:




  • Develops all aspects of the task but may do so somewhat unevenly
  • Is both descriptive and analytical (applies, analyzes, evaluates, and/or creates information)
  • Supports the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details
  • Demonstrates a logical and clear plan of organization; includes an introduction and a conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme

Score of 3:

  • Shows a satisfactory understanding of the theme or problem
  • Addresses most aspects of the task or addresses all aspects in a limited way
  • Shows an ability to analyze or evaluate issues and events, but not in any depth
  • Includes some facts, examples, and details
  • Is a satisfactorily developed essay, demonstrating a general plan of organization
  • Introduces the theme or problem by repeating the task and concludes by repeating the theme or problem

Score of 3:




  • Develops all aspects of the task with little depth or develops most aspects of the task in some depth
  • Is more descriptive than analytical (applies, may analyze, and/or evaluate information)
  • Includes some relevant facts, examples, and details; may include some minor inaccuracies
  • Demonstrates a satisfactory plan of organization; includes an introduction and a conclusion that may be a restatement of the theme

Score of 2:

  • Shows limited understanding of the theme or problem
  • Attempts to address the task
  • Develops a faulty analysis or evaluation of issues and events
  • Includes few facts, examples, and details, and may include information that contains inaccuracies
  • Is a poorly organized essay, lacking focus
  • Fails to introduce or summarize the theme or problem

Score of 2:




  • Minimally develops all aspects of the task or develops some aspects of the task in some depth
  • Is primarily descriptive; may include faulty, weak, or isolated application or analysis
  • Includes few relevant facts, examples, and details; may include some inaccuracies
  • Demonstrates a general plan of organization; may lack focus; may contain digressions; may not clearly identify which aspect of the task is being addressed; may lack an introduction and/or a conclusion

Score of 1:

  • Shows very limited understanding of the theme or problem
  • Lacks an analysis or evaluation of the issues and events
  • Includes little or no accurate or relevant facts, examples, or details
  • Attempts to complete the task, but demonstrates a major weakness in organization
  • Fails to introduce or summarize the theme or problem

Score of 1:




  • Minimally develops some aspects of the task
  • Is descriptive; may lack understanding, application, or analysis
  • Includes few relevant facts, examples, or details; may include inaccuracies
  • May demonstrate a weakness in organization; may lack focus; may contain digressions; may not clearly identify which aspect of the task is being addressed; may lack an introduction and/or a conclusion

Score of 0:


Fails to address the task, is illegible, or is a blank paper

Score of 0:


Fails to develop the task or may only refer to the theme in a general way; OR includes no relevant facts, examples, or details; OR includes only the theme, task, or suggestions as copied from the test booklet; OR is illegible; OR is a blank paper
Last Updated: December 10, 2009