If it is not, do not give it credit. Do not highlight negative superlatives like worst, dumbest, etc. Make sure each reason is a complete thought. Find every ending punctuation mark. At this point you re just getting a lay of the land.
If the statement including the phrase that is that s why or this is why clearly refers to a clause or complete sentence next to it, highlight that as well e.
If you didn t notice any restatement of reasons when you read through the essay, the score for Introduction remains 1 point, and you can move on to scoring Conclusion.
The phrase that is that s why or this is why Highlight each clause or complete sentence that includes the phrase that is that s why or this is why. Make sure the first sentence of a paragraph is not scored as an elaboration. The word reason or reasons Highlight each clause or complete sentence that includes the word reason or reasons.
All highlighted statements are scored as reasons why. Make sure the first word of the essay does not receive credit as a Transition in Step 5 see List of Acceptable Transitions provided at the end of this document.
As with any subtest or composite score, if there is a discrepancy between the scores that contribute to a subtest or composite, then the subtest or composite score may mask weaknesses.
If the statement including the additive conjunction other than and clearly refers to a clause or complete sentence next to it, highlight that as well e. If the end of the essay includes a thesis statement a complete sentence that includes the name of a game and expresses fondness for itthe score for Conclusion is at least 1 point.
Each usage of the word should be treated as one reason when scoring in Step 7 e. Read the Essay Give the essay a quick read-through. You will quickly develop a mental list of words that are commonly used but do not receive credit e. In this case, it is important to describe the student s performance using the subtest component scores for Word Count and Theme Development and Text Organization.
You will also notice whether paragraph structure is used. If the word because immediately follows a highlighted reason, it s being used as an elaboration.
For example, if a student writes an essay that is very productive high Word Count score but lacking in content and quality low Theme Development and Text Organization scorethe overall subtest score may mask the student s skill weaknesses.
Students often use additive conjunctions e. A low Word Count score indicates a weakness in written productivity, whereas a low Theme Development and Text Organization score indicates difficulties in organizing and presenting ideas in written form.
Grammar and Mechanics Evaluate the Grammar and Mechanics supplemental score. If so, score Introduction 2 points. Score Conclusion Score the Conclusion using the following rules: All other statements that include the word because are scored as reasons.
Check Score Quickly check your scoring using the following guidelines: Make sure each reason and elaboration is not just a restatement of the thesis. Refer to Steps 7 and 8 to determine how to score.
If you need to see scoring examples, refer to the Scoring Guide and the Scoring Workbook.Composition. WIAT-III: Scoring the Essay Composition This webinar will focus on one component of the WIAT-III: the Essay Composition.
During the hour-and-a-half long webinar, the presenter will describe and demonstrate the criteria used to score the essay. Participants will view sample. Overall, I think the WIAT-III is a significant improvement from the WIAT-II, including the addition of a measure of oral reading fluency and shorter administration time for many subtests.
1 WIAT III Essay Composition: Quick Score for Theme Development and Text Organization The following steps can be used to score most essays quickly and reliably.
To ensure accurate scores, however, you must familiarize yourself with the Scoring Guide (in the scoring software or in appendix B.6 of the Examiner s Manual) prior to using this Quick Score. WIAT–III: Scoring the Essay Composition.
Title: Procedures for Scoring Writing Samples Author: Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota Created Date: 5/23/ PM.
Within the Essay Composition section, raw scores may be entered for each subtest component, or the Information icon to the right of the field can be clicked to open the Scoring Guide. The Information icon for each component is linked to the appropriate location within the Scoring Guide (e.g., if the Paragraphs Information icon is clicked, the Scoring Guide will open to the Paragraphs section).Download