Judging & Scoring Criteria

2014 International Schools Essay Competition –

‘What does ‘sustainable living’ mean to you?

The 2014 competition is about what ‘sustainable living’ means to schoolchildren around the world.

Primary students (ages 7-11) simply need to answer the question, what does ‘sustainable living’ mean to you? Secondary students (ages 11-17) are further challenged to outline their ideas for ‘sustainable living’ and the steps needed for societies to achieve them.

The essays will be allocated marks according to the following scoring system:

0=Unsatisfactory; 1=Satisfactory; 2=Good; 3=Very Good; 4=Excellent/Exceptional

with scores weighted across three broad categories:

1. Comprehensiveness and clarity in answering the question (weight 50%)

2. Innovative and creative thinking (weight 25%)

3. Potential to contribute to a broad-ranging and constructive international debate (weight 25%)

Also see our Schools Resources page for supporting web links which may prove useful for teachers and students.


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