As reported on the 2014 CATS "All-USA Scholarship Selection Process," a "6-Trait Writing Rubric" replaced the EMCC Writing Rubric for scoring the 2015 essays. 2014 scorers reported displeasure with the EMCC Writing Rubric, especially regarding content. The 2015 rubric was customized to weight heavily "Ideas & Content," and the semi-finalist judging score sheet was adjusted accordingly. 2015 scorers reported the new rubric was more effective in judging the value of the experiences and accomplishments in the essays. Additionally, they reported the rubric was more efficient because of clearer criteria. Contrasting inter-rater reliability of the 2014 with the 2015 rubric showed more closely aligned scores, making the selection of the semi-finalists clear. Due to confidentiality, scores cannot be provided for this CATS. We suggest continuing the use of the revised 6-Trait Writing Rubric for this competition. Our findings also suggest that broader application of the 6-Trait writing Rubric is beneficial and warrants consideration in other areas, such as composition courses, the Writing Center & the SAAC Writing/Composition Ability.
All-USA Scholarship - Improved Writing Rubrics
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