Measuring Growth in Writing Using Rubrics

Measuring Growth in Writing Using Rubrics

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course guides you in measuring students' writing growth through holistic and analytic rubrics so that you can effectively monitor student growth in a standardized manner. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. You will explore writing expectations for each grade level, from K-3, and learn how to create your own holistic and analytic rubrics that match your expectations of your student's writing.

3 Months Access / 8 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course provides you with a specific guide to measure your student's writing growth using analytic and holistic rubrics. You will learn about what typical writing looks like from kindergarten through third grade, understand the use of holistic and analytic rubrics, and then learn how to create rubrics for your lessons. Explore each rubric type during your course and analyze ways to use them to monitor student writing skill growth. You will also consider how these rubric types can be applied across content areas. You will leave the course with a rubric plan in place, as well as several downloadable resources to support you in utilizing rubrics in your classroom.

Enrollment Options:
3 Months Access Course Code: T14731
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$74.00 USD


  1. Writing in the Primary Grades
    1. What typical writing looks like for each grade level, kindergarten through third grade
    2. The purpose of, and how to use, holistic and analytic rubrics to assess writing
    3. How to create both holistic and analytic rubrics
  2. Understanding Rubrics
    1. The differences between analytic and holistic rubrics and the benefits of each type
  3. How to create both holistic and analytic rubrics
    1. Analytic rubrics based on the six traits of writing
    2. Customized analytic rubrics
    3. Holistic rubrics
  4. Assessing Student Growth with Rubrics
    1. How to use rubrics to monitor student growth in writing skills
    2. How to use rubrics to collect data to be used in setting student goals
    3. How to use rubrics to guide your writing instruction
  5. Rubrics for Cross-Curricular Connections
    1. The value of using rubrics to assess writing in other subject areas (Science, Math,Social Studies, & Reading)
  6. Putting it All Together
    1. Using the sample provided, build your own rubric for an upcoming lesson.
  7. Applying What you Have Learned
    1. Get ideas on how to implement the concepts into your classroom, find a list of online resources that feature additional rubrics and ideas for measuring writing progress, and read the research behind the content covered in this course.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.