I have had success with a grid system:    Think of a graph axis

This gives four quadrants: one can be for grammar, one for general
direction following, one for demonstrated research/content and one for
correct documentation/format
You can put ABC etc in each  quadrant, or numbers then either just leave
it like that or consolidate to one grade.  Conceiveably you can use more
than four--students are told ahead of time what the quadrants represent.

I also create a check list sometimes and attach a filled out copy to
each paper--speeds up certain kinds of grading I think in any
discipline--mine is history. Students seem to appreciate the extra

Charlotte Cone wrote:

> Good Morning.
> I know this has been a topic several times, but we a faculty
> member who would like to know more about asessing grade levels
> for written materials. Any recommendations or references would be
> helpful. Please feel free to respond privately to:
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>  Thanks.
> Charlotte Cone, Ed.D.
> Director, University College
> University of Central Arkansas
> Conway, Arkansas 72035
> Phone:  501.450.3221
> ------- Forwarded Message Follows -------
> From:                   "Ronald Cossman" <[log in to unmask]>
> Organization:           University of Central Arkansas
> To:                     [log in to unmask]
> Date sent:              Sun, 9 Apr 2000 14:50:54 -0600
> Subject:                tests for grade level of written material
> Priority:               normal
> Charlotte,
> I have not been very successful in finding tests of grade level. I
> would like to take you up on the offer of asking your Learning
> Center Director's listserve. Any websites, references, etc. would be
> most helpful. I am hoping to test the material that I am using via
> one or more such tests.
> In advance, thank you.
> Ron Cossman
> Charlotte Cone, Ed.D.
> Director of Accelerated Learning and Testing