If your district uses standards-based grading or you just would like an easy, accurate rubric aligned with the CCSS for your high school students, this bundle is for you. You will download a 6 page (three 2-page rubrics) editable Word Doc that you can use for any high school writing task.
I have always made my own rubrics for writing, but our district is obviously going to mandate standards-based grading soon, so last year I thought I would see how it may work and how I could manage it. I created these rubrics for my 12th grade composition class. Each rubric takes the CCSS standards that would apply to a writing task--including the writing and the language strands--simplifies the language when necessary so that students and parents can understand them, and puts them on one easy table. The informational and argumentative rubrics also include the research writing standards since, in my classes, these types of writing tasks always include some level of research.
I found the rubrics easy to use for assessing the standards with my 12th graders, so I also tried them in my 11th grade composition class, but I calculated a quantitative grade instead for that class. I was pleasantly surprised at the ease and accuracy of these rubrics for calculating a quantitative grade. I didn't have any of the problems I sometimes run into with my own rubrics where a paper either seems to score too high or too low if I follow the rubric rigidly. Nor did I have any questions from students about grades. The students seemed to understand why they scored as they did, based on the rubric descriptions.
The wording of the standards on the rubrics is based on the 11-12 grade level, but could be used in any grade 9-12. The CCSS wording for each type of writing task in the 9-10 level is nearly identical to the 11-12 grade level.
I did not include the specific CCSS covered by the rubrics; they literally include all that could apply.