Ldc Argumentative Essay Rubric For Middle School

Exciting News!

The new LDC student work rubrics for 2016-17, created by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), are now available for any Tasks teachers build in LDC CoreTools. These innovative rubrics have been field tested and studied for validity and reliability.

For the first time, teachers can now quickly and easily create rubrics that are specifically aligned to the exact content and standards in the Tasks they are building for their students.
This new functionality can be found in the LDC CoreTools module editor to enable users to take full advantage of these exciting, innovative rubrics, which have been field tested and studied for validity and reliability.

Check out the video below to see a demonstration of how the new rubrics work:

Key Features

  • The new “base” student work rubrics are specifically designed to assess the reading and writing that students do in response to opinion/argumentation or informational/explanatory Tasks, and are aligned to appropriate reading and writing standards within the following grade-bands:

    • Kindergarten

    • 1st Grade

    • 2nd Grade

    • 3rd Grade

    • 4-5th Grades

    • 6-8th Grades

    • 9-12th Grades

  • The above rubrics come with the following default scoring dimensions:

    • Controlling Idea/Topic

    • Selection/Citation of Evidence

    • Development/Explanation of Sources

    • Organization

    • Conventions

  • Teachers now may remove any of the above dimensions from their rubric, if appropriate.

  • Teachers may now add an “Additional Task Demands” dimension if their Task includes any additional demands that they need to assess.

  • In addition to a “generic” Content Understanding dimension (the default from the old rubrics), teachers now may select one or more discipline-specific Content Understanding dimensions to their rubric as appropriate. Currently, dozens of options are available from the following sources for all base rubrics across all grade levels K-12:
    • Science: built from the NGSS (1) Science & Engineering Practices; (2) Cross-Cutting Concepts; (3) Core Ideas (by assessing student work against a specific NGSS content standard that the Task is built from)
    • Social Studies: built from the C3 Framework’s (1) History/Social Science Practices; (2) Disciplinary Concepts; (3) Core Ideas (by assessing student work against a specific social studies content standard that the Task is built from)
    • ELA and other disciplines: Coming very soon are specific rubric dimensions aligned to each and every CCSS standard for reading informational and literary texts for grades K-12; for now, these teachers can use either the generic content understanding dimension or select a focus standard and score students against that using the option referenced above created for science/social studies “Core Idea”.


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For any questions, comments, or feedback, please contact us at info@ldc.org.

When students complete an LDC teaching task, teachers score the students’ work using a CCRS-aligned rubric provided with the task templates. Each of the rubrics (Argumentation, Informational or Explanatory, and Narrative) was co-designed with Measured Progress, SCALE at Stanford University, LDC partners, and teachers. The LDC rubrics guide teachers in evaluating their students' progress and give students important information about what they need to work on next. Teachers use the information from the scored student work to inform their instructional decisions.

During the LDC module design process, teachers are encouraged to keep the expectations of the particular rubric in mind as they design their teaching task and instruction. Once a teacher starts to implement the module, it is essential that students always understand the expectations for what they need to know and do. For students new to LDC, teachers usually build in a basic rubric-analysis skill and a related mini-task in their instruction that helps students understand the rubric at the beginning of their modules. 

You can find the standard LDC rubrics for each writing type inside of the full module templates available on the What Task? page, or you can find stand-alone versions on the right side of this page in addition to other draft LDC rubrics.

Please visit the What Results? page to learn more about how to use the LDC rubrics to score student work and to find anchor papers scored using the rubrics.


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