I am working on an article about holistic grading,its effects on a student's writing abilities, and methods that can prove that it is beneficial. I would be extremely grateful if you could answer several questions for me. You do not have to answer all of them. Please forward this message to anyone else that can help. Once again, I appreciate your assistance with my research. Ms. J. Rios Questions: 1. How would you define holistic grading? 2. In what occasions, if any, have you used this method of assessment? What was the scoring scale based on? What rater training did you have? 3. Can holistic grading be beneficial for students? Teachers? If so, how? 4. In reference to question three, how can TAKS holistic grading affect a student's writing abilities in college? 5. Would you agree that a holistic rating is valid and/or reliable? If so, why or why not? 6. Is holistic grading of ESOL or ELL students valid and/or reliable? Why or why not? 7. What are your thoughts about holistic grading rubrics and scales? 8. How would you go teach writing to students who will be scored with this method? 9. How many years have you been teaching and in what state?