Free Essay Scoring: BHP Score

This service from Big History Project (BHP) provides the thing teachers need most—time. Developed in partnership with the smart folks at Turnitin, BHP Score empowers teachers and students through high-quality, consistent, and immediate writing feedback that gets proven results.

Video info: The BHP course has a strong focus on building writing and literacy skills. Hear more from one of our veteran teachers.



Good writing requires two things—practice and support. With BHP Score, teachers get time back to work with students more consistently, and they have access to clear, reliable data to guide their discussions. BHP Score delivers these key benefits:

  1. Student-specific evaluations for each essay submitted for scoring
  2. Aggregated class data highlighting trends
  3. Data for tracking student improvement over time
  4. Rubric-aligned feedback for students (in real time - as they write!)


Writing skills are foundational to BHP. Over the last three years, students who take the course have shown tremendous improvement in those skills. The secret of this success is simple. Students taking BHP write a lot, and they receive consistent feedback that they have opportunities to act on. By offering a wide variety of texts, Investigations (activities that are similar to DBQs), and exercises, BHP helps teachers purposefully develop student writing skills.


First, teachers must register to teach the Big History Project course, and then “activate” the BHP Score service. After activation, just follow these three easy steps:

  1. Students write responses to Investigations (there is one Investigation for each of the ten units of the course) and then submit them via
  2. The teacher presses a button to submit the essays to
  3. Within an hour, the teacher gets a full report of student and class data via an alert and PDF.

BHP Score was developed in partnership with Turnitin and uses a customized version of their Revision Assistant tool. The feedback delivered to students and teachers is aligned to the standard BHP Writing Rubric, which clearly outlines expectations for claim and focus, use of evidence, organization, and language and style. While students can get immediate feedback as they write, detailed reports are ONLY delivered to teachers to ensure all information is interpreted appropriately. View a sample report

How do you get started? If you’re already a registered BHP teacher, sign up for BHP Score today. If you want to become a registered teacher, use the form below.

For more details on BHP Score, download the BHP Score Guide or view the FAQ. Have questions? Drop us a line at


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