Newsela SBAC Aligned Writing Rubric

The Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium is the “new” standardized test students are now using in the spring to showcase their knowledge of the Common Core Standards. Written responses are assessed using a basic 3 step rubric. The Newsela Rubric reflects that in it’s three levels of performance. Please take a moment to review the rubric and the characteristics of the various performance levels.

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6+1 Traits Student-Friendly Scoring Guides

To evaluate your own writing for Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, or Presentation, use Ruth Culham’s middle school rubrics by clicking HERE.


EGUSD Common Core Rubrics

To evaluate your writing use these Common Core aligned rubrics created by the Elk Grove Unified School District and taken from its Common Core State Standards Blog “K-12 Rubrics” page.

5th Grade

5th grade Opinion/Argument

5th grade Informative

5th grade Narrative


6th Grade

6th grade Opinion/Argument

6th grade Informative

6th grade Narrative


7th/8th Grade

7th/8th grade Argument

7th/8th grade Informative

7th/8th grade Narrative