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The Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) is a multi-year (2014-2020), province-wide plan developed collaboratively by the Deputy Minister of Education, the
Assistant Deputy Ministers, provincial school division directors of education, and First Nation Education Authority representatives. The ESSP outlines several outcomes. ( http://www.education.gov.sk.ca/educations-strategic-sector-plan-matrix-2014-2020)
The ESSP outcome that underpins the development of the writing rubrics is “By June 2020, 80% of students will be at grade level or above in
reading, writing, and math.”
Outcome owners directed a group of educators from divisions and First Nations Authorities to create holistic, four-level writing rubrics, Grades 1–12, with levels 3 and 4 being at grade level. The result of that work is the attached rubrics.
The holistic writing rubrics are available for all grades, and teachers are encouraged to use the rubrics at all grade levels. However, provincial
reporting of writing at grade level will be done for Grades 4, 7, and 9 only. Provincial reporting on writing (Grades 4, 7, 9) will be done once, at
the end of the school year.