This document is a detailed rubric to assess writing at the middle school or early high school level. Many components of this rubric are modeled after New York State Assessment criteria. This rubric also has a curved grading scale to match up with the proficiency levels (1-below grade level to 4 above grade level). I have used this in my class and have found it to be a quick way of grading essays. I have been able to cut down on my comments, instead underlining details on the rubric.