I'm interested in evaluating the bigger benchmarks in each unit. Smaller classwork grades are always scored for completion with a comment or two. For example, I may score an in-class writing assignment this way: Each student receives 70 points for taking the time to complete the work. They receive the remaining 30 points based on one benchmark, like writing a clear thesis statement. Exemplary thesis? Thirty points. Proficient? Twenty points. Emerging? Ten points. This cuts down my grading time, offers students several chances to earn points, and helps them build confidence as they use my specific feedback on tougher tasks.
How to write a thesis statement - Center for Writing Studies