The writing assessment for grade three consists of teacher evaluation of student writing using an analytic scoring system. The Grade 3 Assessment and Instructional Guide contains the scoring rubric; types of writing required by the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS)-- narrative, informational, persuasive and response to literature; good practices for the instruction of writing; sample student papers; and ways to evaluate student writing. Using representative samples of student writing, 3rd grade teachers use the analytic scoring rubrics in the Guide to determine the performance levels in each domain for each child in the classroom. Teachers collect writing samples by providing many opportunities for students to produce the various types of writing throughout the year.
Types of Writing
The Georgia Grade Three Writing Assessment covers four types of writing: narrative, informational, persuasive, and response to literature.
Narrative: Students are asked to relate a personal experience or to create an imaginative story.
Informational: Students use what they have learned in class to inform or explain a topic. They should incorporate information from books and online sources without copying information verbatim.
Persuasive: Students take a position on an issue or topic.
Response to Literature: Students form and support a position in response to something they have read (short stories, biographies, fables, plays, poetry, or chapter books.)
Analytic and Holistic Scoring
The scoring system is analytic. Analytic scoring means that more than one feature or domain of a paper is evaluated. Each domain itself is scored holistically. The score assigned indicates the test raters’ overall impression of the writer’s command of the components, using predetermined scoring criteria contained in the Scoring Rubrics. Accurate scoring requires balancing a writer’s strengths and areas of challenge.
Student writing will be assessed analytically in four domains: Ideas, Organization, Style, and Conventions. Analytic scoring will provide detailed information on student writing including performance levels.
For additional information and resources visit the Georgia Department of Education web page.