Holt Essay Scorer

Congratulations on choosing Holt Online Essay Scoring, designed to bring to your classroom the most powerful essay-evaluation tool available. Holt Online Essay Scoring will help you prepare students for the types of writing prompts included on standardized writing tests, and its instructional features will support your long-term objective of producing good writers. To learn more, click on the links above and below.

Holt Online Essay Scoring works best for writers who make a good faith effort to respond to the prompt. Students who stay focused on the topic and do their best to write a well-developed essay will receive a reliable score and a detailed description of the scoring criteria, as well as instructional support tailored to the writer’s essay.

Log in to Holt Online Learning to access Holt Online Essay Scoring.

    

FEATURES

Writing Prompts
We now have 31 middle-school and 35 high-school prompts available.

Interactive Model Essays
Each prompt has an interactive model essay with mode-specific instruction.

Technical Requirements
Learn about required browsers and plug-ins.

 

Prompts in Training
If you are chosen for our development program and submit 30 student essays for one of our new prompts, then Holt, Rinehart and Winston will send you a check for $100 or a voucher for $300 worth of materials from our current Language Arts catalog. Interested? Read more.

 

Holt Online Essay Scoring provides the following types of feedback and instructional support:


Mode-Specific Holistic Scores
With each essay score, your students receive mode-specific descriptions of the scored essay. You can use our scoring rubrics to reinforce your teaching of the following writing modes:

* In statewide writing assessment, prompts that ask the student to read and respond to a short piece of text are generally scored on a 4-point scale. On this site, therefore, prompts linked to a short story or short nonfiction article are scored on a 4-point scale for all users.

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Special Advisories

Sometimes an essay will differ substantially from the papers used to train the scoring system. This situation frequently occurs with three kinds of writing:

  1. essays that show a uniquely creative approach to the prompt
  2. essays that include unusual or awkward style
  3. essays that are substantially longer than the training papers

When the scoring system encounters an essay in one of these categories, the holistic score will include an advisory message for the writer and a recommendation that the student discuss the essay with you.

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Analytic Feedback
In addition to a holistic score, each essay is also assessed for five traits:

  • Content and Development
  • Focus and Organization
  • Effective Sentences
  • Word Choice
  • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics

For each trait, the essay is assessed as advanced, competent, limited, or emerging. Holt Online Essay Scoring also provides a list of meaningful descriptors for each trait.

To view all level-specific analytic feedback, visit our analytic feedback page.

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Writing Activities
As further support for classroom writing practice, Holt Online Essay Scoring provides mode-specific practice to strengthen skills assessed by the prompt. For each holistic score, we have designed an activity appropriate for the level of writing displayed in the student’s practice essay.

* In statewide writing assessment, prompts that ask the student to read and respond to a short piece of text are generally scored on a 4-point scale. On this site, therefore, prompts linked to a short story or short nonfiction article are scored on a 4-point scale for all users.

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