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Sue Jacob

Sue Jacob is the Academic Director for AcademicMerit. As former high school English teacher in Minneapolis, Sue has held a variety of teacher leadership roles, including mentor, teacher-leader for English curriculum and instruction, and writer of accelerated curriculum for advanced learners in grades 6-12. Sue received her National Board certification in 2005. It was during the National Board portfolio process that Sue realized the powerful role writing plays in strengthening students’ critical thinking, a belief that is at the heart of AcademicMerit's academic and professional learning products.

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Classrooms  |  Curriculum Strategy & Adoption  |  Personalized Learning

[Guest Post] Getting on the Same Page: The Value of Analytic Writing Rubrics

Writing—whether a persuasive essay, lab report, constructed response or research paper—is a consistent element of most performance tasks used by teachers to measure their students’ knowledge, understanding of concepts, and skills. The reasons are many, but perhaps the most important is that the very act of writing, which requires students to make sense of information and ideas and to express that understanding coherently, is itself a critical skill. And yet, despite its importance, there is little consensus among educators at any grade level on what constitutes effective writing, how it should be measured, or even how it should be taught. One step toward solving this conundrum is the consistent use of a general analytic writing rubric. 

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