The Scoring Guide

A scoring guide is a common assessment instrument that brings the different sources of evidence into a single focus. The guide shown here is adapted from History Day and includes only two of several scoring dimensions: historical quality and adherence to theme. The guide shows the criteria to be used while looking at the social studies project and reading the student’s annotated bibliography.

This guide has three distinct components: a checklist of criteria, a space for comments, and an overall rating. Each serves a purpose in helping to make decisions that provide clear and detailed feedback to students about their performance.

Using The Scoring Guide

Begin by reading the annotated bibliography. The narrative will tell you how students made decisions concerning which sources to use and how their source information led to the products or performances created. Then, look at the checklist and note which criteria can been seen from reading the bibliography. Write notes in the “comments” section that are relevant to the criteria.

Watch, listen, and/or read the student created products or performances. Again, use the checklist to note which criteria are in evidence and then write detailed comments that address those criteria.

Once you have read the annnotated bibliography and viewed the project, look at the checklist to determine which criteria are not yet in evidence or remain questionable to you as you are trying to assess student learning. Design your follow-up questions to address gaps in the evidence. After the question and answer session, check any remaining criteria that have been satisfied by students’ responses to your questions.

After following the above steps, you have assembled the information you need to make a holistic assessment of student learning.

Next: Assigning An Overall Assessment