Overview | Purpose | Creating | Examples
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)
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.
- 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.