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Reading/Writing Scored Student Work: Social Media Task


To create efficiencies in work sample collection, as well as to provide practice for students in anticipation of Smarter Balanced Performance Assessments, a panel convened by ODE developed and field tested a task that could be scored for multiple purposes: as a reading task, a writing task, and as a Smarter Balanced-like practice opportunity.

This task is comprised of four articles taking a variety of stances on the merits of social media. Students read the articles, responded to several questions to determine their comprehension and ability to analyze what they had read, and then wrote an essay on whether or not social media use by teens should be limited. Scores for reading were derived from all of the students’ responses, including the margin notes; the writing and Smarter Balanced scores were based solely on the student essays at the end of the task.

Scored Student Work and Commentary

In the grid below are eight pieces of student work that have been scored on three different scoring guides (or rubrics): the Official Reading Scoring Guide, the Official Writing Scoring Guide, and the Smarter Balanced Argumentative Rubric. To view the student papers, click on the “Student Sample” links in the left column of the grid. To view the scores and commentary, click on the appropriate link in the center column for either Reading, Writing, or the Smarter Balanced rubric. The Achievement Level column on the right is a general heading to suggest a level of performance; some essays may score at different levels depending on the rubric being applied.

These papers may be used for teacher training, informational documents, scoring practice with students, other audiences, or for other uses.

NOTE – Writing Scoring Guides have been temporarily deactivated in order to calibrate Social Media Tasks to the Official Writing Scoring Guide adopted 2017.