HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMINATION
Response to Literary/Expository Text
Scoring Guide

4. The response

  • demonstrates a thorough ond thoughtful, comprehensive grasp of the text.
  • accurately and coherently provides specific textual details and examples to support the thesis and main ideas.
  • demonstrates a clear understanding of the ambiguities, nuances, and complexities of the text.
  • provides a variety of sentence types and uses precise, descriptive language.
  • contains few, if any errors in the conventions of the English language. (Errors are generally first-draft in nature.)

Response to informational passages:

  • thoughtfully anticipates and addresses the readers' potential misunderstandings, biases, and expectations.

Response to literary passages:

  • clearly demonstrates an awareness of the author's use of literary and/or stylistic devices.

3. The response

  • demonstrates a comprehensive grasp of the text.
  • accurately and coherently provides general textual details and examples to support the thesis and main ideas.
  • demonstrates a general understanding of the ambiguities, nuances, and complexities of the text.
  • provides a variety of sentence types and uses some descriptive language.
  • contains some errors in the conventions of the English language. (Errors do not interfere with the readers' understanding of the essay.)

Response to informational passages:

  • anticipates and addresses the readers' potential misunderstandings, biases, and expectations.

Response to literary passages:

  • demonstrates an awareness of the author's use of literary and/or stylistic devices.

2. The response

  • demonstrates a limited comprehensive grasp of the text.
  • provides few, if any, specific textual details and examples to support the thesis and main ideas.
  • demonstrates a limited, or no, understanding of the ambiguities, nuances, and complexities of the text.
  • provides few, if any, types of sentences and uses basic, predictable language.
  • contains several errors in the conventions of the English language. (Errors may interfere with the readers' understanding of the essay.)

Response to informational passages:

  • may address the readers' potential misunderstandings, biases, and expectations, but in a limited manner.

Response to literary passages:

  • may demonstrates an awareness of the author's use of literary and/or stylistic devices.

1. The response

  • demonstrates little if any, comprehensive grasp of the text.
  • provides no textual details and examples to support the thesis and main ideas.
  • demonstrates no understanding of the ambiguities, nuances, and complexities of the text.
  • provides no sentence variety and uses limited vocabulary.
  • contains serious errors in the conventions of the English language. (Errors interfere with the readers' understanding of the essay)

Response to informotional passages:

  • does not address the readers' potential misunderstandings, biases, and expectations.

Response to literary passages:

  • does not demonstrate any awareness of the author's use of literary and/or stylistic devices.

Non-scoreable

B = Blank L= Written in a language other than English
T = 0ff-topic I = Illegible/Unintelligible

Standards and Assessment Division California Department of Education