Holistic Team Scoring

Students enrolled in ENGL 102, 103, and 105 submit two portfolios for assessment by our CI Composition Team. Successful completion of these courses requires that students submit and pass both portfolios. Students should be prepared to furnish multiple drafts of their work prior to submitting each portfolio.

Midterm Portfolio

The Midterm Portfolio is worth 20% of a student’s final course grade in ENGL 102, 103, and 105. This portfolio is submitted in Week 6 of the semester and scored in Week 7 of the semester. The portfolio will consist of a single essay, revised and edited several times and meeting the following specifications:

ENGL 102

Length Requirement: 750+ Words

ENGL 103 and ENGL 105

Length Requirement: 1000+ Words

Source Requirement: The paper must integrate at least two credible and substantial sources (including in-text parenthetical citations and a works cited) using MLA or APA format.Final Portfolio

Final Portfolio

The Final Portfolio is worth 40% of a student’s final course grade in ENGL 102, 103, and 105. This portfolio is submitted in Week 14 of the semester and scored in Week 15 of the semester. The portfolio will consist of a single essay, revised and edited several times and meeting the following specifications:

ENGL 102

Length Requirement: 1000+ Words

ENGL 103 and ENGL 105

Length Requirement: 1500+ Words

Source Requirement: The paper must integrate at least two credible and substantial sources (including in-text parenthetical citations and a works cited) using MLA or APA format.

 

To fulfill CI’s first year writing requirement and advance to upper division status, students must complete the course with a final grade of C- or higher prior to their junior year.

Team Grading and Scoring Criteria

Portfolios are graded by the entire composition faculty according to our shared Scoring Criteria. The criteria are revised regularly to make sure they represent the expectations faculty have for college writing.

Written work in first year composition is not graded by a student’s classroom teacher. Rather, the team of composition faculty evaluates all written work. This system, called holistic team scoring, assures that all student writing is assessed fairly and consistently, regardless of which section in which a student is enrolled.

Additional information on holistic scoring can be found in our DSP Handbook.