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Marking resources for e-asTTle writing (revised)

Teachers can find many resources to assist them with marking e-asTTle writing. Please click on the links below.

Marking rubric

The revised writing tool assesses writing across five purposes. These are: describe, explain, recount, narrate, and persuade. The Describe purpose is divided into two: describe a moment in time, and describe a process.

A new generic marking rubric is used to assess writing across any of the five purposes.

Download the generic rubric here.

Writing prompts

There are 20 prompts that cover the five writing purposes. The prompts are available from within the e-asTTle application when you create a test. All prompts have been put together in the document below to assist teachers in choosing a prompt appropriate to their needs.

Structure and Language notes

Each prompt provides additional Structure and Language notes which define the demands of a particular writing purpose, available from within the tool after creating a test. As extra support for teachers, the Structure and Language notes for all purposes have been gathered into one document, available for download below.

Specific exemplars

Each of the 20 writing prompts has its own annotated exemplars specific to that prompt. These are available for download after creating a test. As extra support for teachers, the specific exemplars have been consolidated here into one document per writing purpose.

Generic exemplars

The set of generic exemplars illustrates the use of the e-asTTle marking rubric to score writing across the writing prompts. The exemplars cover the full scoring range, and the full range of skill development, for each element of writing. Generic exemplars are referenced in the marking rubric, with two exemplars linked to each scoring category within each element. These two exemplars provide practical examples of writing that falls within that scoring category (for example, category R2 in spelling, or category R6 in ideas).

Download the generic exemplars here.

Please note that a combination of resources is available for download from within the tool after a test is created. These are:

  • administration instructions
  • the prompt
  • a student response booklet
  • the marking rubric
  • the structure and language notes
  • annotated exemplars for the prompt
  • glossary and definitions.

Glossary and definitions used in e-asTTle writing (revised)

Conversion table from rubric scores to scale scores

The table and its associated information have been put together in response to requests from teachers and schools, particularly so that they can widen the formative use of the e-asTTle writing tool. Teachers can use the table to convert an e-asTTle rubric score to an e-asTTle writing scale score (an aWs score) and curriculum level descriptor. This should be used only when a non-standardised form of writing assessment is being undertaken, for instance, when:

  • a teacher-made prompt is used
  • students have revised drafts that were originally written as part of a normal e-asTTle assessment.

Please note: Curriculum levels derived from the use of the conversion table will not correlate with results entered into e-asTTle because prompts in e-asTTle have been calibrated and ranked based on how difficult the prompt and purpose is to write. The conversion table should be used only when a non-standardised form of writing assessment is undertaken. If the the assessment has used an e-asTTle writing prompt and has been administered under standardised conditions, rubric scores should be entered into the e-asTTle application, as this will ensure the most accurate assessment for the writing. 

This is the most current and correct version of the conversion table and replaces an incorrect version dated "November 14". You can check that you have the correct version by ensuring that it is called Conversion table April 2015 – rubric scores to scale scores, or that the score of 26 on the table converts to curriculum level 3B not 3A.  

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