B.E.S.T. Writing Scoring Samplers
The Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Writing Scoring Samplers can be used as a resource regarding the scoring of student responses on the Writing assessment. In each sampler, examples of student responses represent various combinations of the score points across the scoring domains. As a basis for developing a common understanding of the scoring criteria, an annotation follows the response to explain the prominent characteristics of the response described in the rubric. These responses are not intended to provide a full spectrum of examples for each score point in each domain. Moreover, they do not necessarily represent the highest or lowest example of each score point in each domain. The applicable rubric and corresponding prompt and text set are also included in each sampler.