Overview | Purpose | Creating | Examples
Overview What is a Rubric?
A rubric is a “scoring tool that lists the criteria for a piece of work, or “what counts” (for example, purpose, organization, analysis, voice, and mechanics are often what count in a piece of writing); it also states the level of quality for each criterion, from excellent to poor. ( Understanding Rubrics, Heidi Goodrich Andrade, 2014) Resources:
Why should I use Rubrics? What are the benefits to students?
Improve student performance by making expectations clear and showing students how to meet these expectations (no more guessing games)
Help students become more thoughtful judges of the quality of their own and others’ work
Standardized rigor for all students, while still allowing for differences in students abilities
Enable consistent grading between different instructors/faculty/teaching assistants Speed up the grading process by providing a structured form for grading and composing feedback. Additional Resources:
Andrade, H. G. (2005). Teaching with rubrics: The good, the bad and the ugly. College Teaching, 53(1), 27- 30.
Kohn, A. (2006). The Trouble with Rubrics. English Journal, 95(4).
Popham, W.J. (1997). Special Topic / What's Wrong—and What's Right—with Rubrics. Educational Leadership. 55(2), 72-75.
Wyss, V., Freedman, D., & Siebert, C. (2014). The Development of a Discussion Rubric for Online Courses: Standardizing Expectations of Graduate Students in Online Scholarly Discussions. TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice To Improve Learning,58(2), 99-107. doi:10.1007/s11528-014-0741-x.