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RUBRICS FOR ADMISSIONS INTO GRADUATE STUDY--SCHOOL LEADERSHIP/MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHER EDUCATION

Departmental Graded Application

Ideas (Organization, Development, and Quality of Content)
The applicant demonstrates well-organized written communication, clear in purpose, with ideas conveyed in an interesting, original manner. There should be use of clear, relevant examples and details that develop and enrich the central ideas and enhance reader's understanding.
Clarity: [A] Sentence Structure and [B] Word Choice
The applicant's ability to write clearly is demonstrated with varied sentence structure and writing that reads easily throughout. Paragraphs contain a topic sentence, three or more specific examples/supporting statements, and a concluding sentence. There are good transition sentences between paragraphs.
Words are selected that convey the intended meaning in an interesting, concise, sophisticated, and natural way. Lower scores for writing that is quite ordinary or generic or meaning is difficult to determine.
Writing Conventions/"Mechanics"
The applicant's ability to use standard writing conventions (grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, paragraphing) in written communication. There should be no glaring errors, or errors are minor. Lower scores indicate impaired readability (poor spelling, grammar, inconsistent tense, voice shift, sentence fragments, etc.)
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