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Turnitin to Develop Six CCSS-Aligned Writing Rubrics

Turnitin, a provider of originality checking and online grading solutions, has partnered with the English Professional Learning Council to develop writing rubrics aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that will better prepare secondary students for college-level course work. The Council, formed in 2011 to develop high-quality curricular materials that close the skills gap, is comprised of educators from Saddleback College, the University of California, Irvine, California State University, Fullerton, and the Orange County Department of Education.

The Council will assist Turnitin in developing six CCSS-aligned writing rubrics for grades 9-10 and 11-12 for use in the company's GradeMark online grading and writing evaluation tool. Instructors using GradeMark will be able to attach a standard CCSS rubric to any writing assignment to convey their expectations to students, assess submitted work, and track student progress. The six rubrics, available to Turnitin users in the Fall of 2012, will also be offered more broadly as an open educational resource for instructors and institutions nationwide.

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