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Scoring Guide for Economics

The essay portion of the Golden State Examination in Economics is scored using criteria based on the general scoring guide below. A detailed training package for scorers, addressing what students are expected to accomplish in the essay, is developed to score each student response.

Score Point 5 / Score Point 4 / Score Point 3 / Score Point 2 / Score Point 1




Score Point 5

The essay shows excellent knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and principles. The essay:
  • includes the highest level of analysis as evidenced by clearly and thoroughly developed argument
  • indicates that economic principles addressed may be applied to other situations
  • may articulate links and relationships not explicitly stated in the topic
  • uses accurate graphs that are integrated with the narrative
  • conveys knowledge and ideas in an excellent manner; uses precise economic terminology

Score Point 4

The essay shows very good knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and principles. The essay:

  • includes high level analysis as evidenced by effective interpretation and argument
  • develops argument with specific, pertinent information
  • identifies essential economic concepts using appropriate economic terms
  • defends positions taken with economic justifications
  • introduces and discusses examples not mentioned in information provided
  • uses an accurate graph that is integrated with the narrative
  • conveys knowledge and ideas in an effective manner, uses accurate economic terminology

Score Point 3

The essay shows adequate knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and principles. The essay:

  • interprets main idea accurately and clearly with some analysis
  • moves beyond complete reliance on information provided
  • refers to cause and effect
  • substantiates opinions offered
  • may include a graph with a few omissions and/or mistakes
  • conveys knowledge and ideas in a satisfactory manner; uses appropriate economic terminology

Score Point 2

The essay shows limited knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and principles. The Essay:

  • introduces and discusses the topic relying only on information provided
  • reaches some conclusion though arguments may be irrelevant and/or incorrect
  • contains a simple application of economic concepts
  • gives some reason for opinions offered
  • has rudimentary organization of ideas but may not be focused
  • may include a graph with significant errors or no relationship to the topic
  • conveys knowledge and ideas in a simple manner; uses imprecise economic terminology

Score Point 1

The essay shows little or no knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and principles. The essay:

  • restates the topic provided but doe's not reach any conclusions
  • may offer opinion without relevance, reasons, or economic concepts
  • includes no graph or one that is clearly irrelevant
  • conveys knowledge and ideas in a minimal manner; uses incorrect economic terminology




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