A holistic reading allows the instructor to view the student's work as a whole and to judge whether the work is generally effective in communicating a complete idea. Holistic evaluation is based on the assumption that the effective communication of an idea to a particular audience is the essential element of written discourse and that the parts of a composition are interdependent. Thus, in this phase of the evaluation process, the emphasis is on the whole work, rather than on its individual parts.
Whereas a rubric reading is far more specific regarding strong and weak Rubric areas, a holistic reading is nearly instantaneous. Nevertheless, evaluations would be just the same.