This rubric can be used to score NYS style controlling idea paragraphs. This rubric, however, can be used to give the students a number grade instead of a holistic score like NYS does. This rubric also has places to score the pre-writing and the rough draft (with its thoroughness of editing). It makes grading those main idea paragraphs simple and quick. This rubric is especially good for students in 9th or 10th grades who are learning how to approach a controlling idea paragraph because it is specific enough to show them where their strengths and weaknesses are in this writing process.