This simple rubric helps reduce teachers' grading workload and encourages students to hold themselves accountable for writing high quality essays in preparation for the ACT ASPIRE writing test. It can be used for self-assessment, assessment by teachers, or for partners to work together to assess their work. Using the rubric is a writing lesson in itself as students check their papers for evidence of each skill. The rubric includes 15 key expository writing skills including precise language and staying on topic. There is room at the bottom for students to record one skill they performed well and two ways they can improve their essays. Includes skills that are expected for fourth grade Common Core writing standards.