English teachers-Holistic grading?

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  1. kstar03

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    Interesting discussion I had with a teacher friend about holistic assessment when grading essays.... can anyone who does this explain what it means and is this reliable? When is it "acceptable" to use this type of grading?
     
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    Holistic grading is the standard for every state standardized essay test. It basically judges the work as a whole based on broad criteria. If we don't grade essays that way, at least from time to time, then I think we are doing the kids a disservice because that's how they'll be judged on state assessments.

    Is it a reliable way to grade? That depends entirely on the grader and the rubric, but I think that's true when you grade anything.
     
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    Thanks bandnerdtx for your quick response.

    This was my side of the argument so it's nice to hear someone else say the same thing:)
     

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