Instructions For Using The Scoring Services
- Students may submit one composition per composition assignment in the EIW textbooks.
- Students may submit one composition at a time.
- All compositions will be scored within 10 calendar days or fewer from the date of submission.
- The Scoring Service is conducted through Gradient, EIW’s scoring platform.
The Scoring Service is not a proper course; it is a complementary service to the Essentials in Writing textbooks. This means that your student is in control of what they submit and when they submit. For middle school students and high school students who are not yet working independently, we recommend that parents and teachers actively monitor if and what the students are submitting.
Your student may submit one composition per composition assignment in the EIW textbooks. Once an assignment has been scored, students cannot resubmit a new or revised composition to that same Assignment Slot.
Allowed Submissions Per Level:
|Level 7||5 paragraphs, 1 personal narrative, 1 business letter, 1 essay, 1 personal letter, 1 research paper; 10 total submissions|
|Level 8||4 paragraphs, 1 dialogue, 1 narrative, 1 summary, 1 letter, 2 essays, 1 research paper;
11 total submissions
|Level 9||5 paragraphs, 1 summary, 4 essays, 1 research paper; 11 total submissions|
|Level 10||5 paragraphs, 1 summary, 4 essays, 1 research paper; 11 total submissions|
|Level 11||6 paragraphs, 4 essays, 1 research paper; 11 total submissions|
|Level 12||6 paragraphs, 5 essays, 1 research paper; 12 total submissions|
Your student may submit compositions at any pace and in any order. This service is not a proper course, so there are no required due dates for any assignment. Compositions may be submitted at any time within the indicated school year.
However, a student may only submit one composition at a time. After the student’s previous submission has been scored, then the student may submit their next composition.
In order to make the most out of the Scoring Services, students should pay attention to the feedback our scorers provide and then implement any suggestions into their next composition.
Feedback to submissions will be given within 10 calendar days. Generally, scorers will return feedback much quicker (within 3-7 days); however, because of the number of students served by each of our scorers, the 10-day allowance may be necessary during exceptionally busy periods.
Feedback on submissions will include:
- in-text comments (detailed comments, suggestions, and corrections throughout the composition)
- a point value score (eg. 47/50 pts)
- a completed rubric
- a one-paragraph general comment about the strengths of the composition as well as suggestions for improvement.
All responses will be addressed to the student, not the parents or teachers.
When a student completes a composition assignment, the student will upload a PDF of their composition to the proper Assignment Slot on Gradient. The composition will be scored on Gradient within 10 calendar days of submission. When the scoring is complete, the student will receive a notification.
Because Gradient is owned and operated by Essentials in Writing, customers are encouraged to contact us for help if they experience any technical problems.
Specific guides for how to use Gradient are coming soon!