Have a look at this description of the rubric that is different for more detail from the difference between analytical and holistic rubrics

Not long ago I finished a marathon of grading portfolios, and grading revised portfolios for my students. It’s a stressful and time that is busy but one thing I’m very happy about may be the way that my use of holistic rubrics allows me to focus this grading focus on student growth in reading, writing and thinking.

Many years ago I used rubrics that are analytical.

They are the rubrics that function more like a checklist, where students will get 10 points for his or her thesis statement, and then get 7 points with their utilization of evidence. A holistic rubric however, generally describes what a product (such as for example an essay, analysis paragraph etc.)

appears like at each level, similar to this example from my “Analysis writing rubric that is”

  • Student identifies details which can be strongly related the text overall 1 and that clearly connect with each other, even though connection might be less interesting or clear than in the Honor Roll level.
  • Student accurately describes the literary device(s) (aka “writer’s moves”) discussed
  • Student clearly and accurately describes a significant idea through the text overall 1 , although the >may not be a nuanced interpretation. However, the interpretation is still abstract, although not clichйd.
  • Student cites ev >attempts to use us within the most useful way
  • Student completely explains the connections between details (ev >attempting to utilize signal words to describe relationships between ideas

Whilst the bullet points get this to rubric look much more “analytical,” the truth is that I use it in holistic way. Read the rest of this entry »