Rubrics

Overview | Purpose | Creating | Examples

What is a Rubric?

Screenshot of a Discussion RubricA 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)

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Why should I use Rubrics? What are the benefits to students?

    1. Improve student performance by making expectations clear and showing students how to meet these expectations (no more guessing games)
    2. Help students become more thoughtful judges of the quality of their own and others’ work
    3. Standardized rigor for all students, while still allowing for differences in students abilities
    4. Enable consistent grading between different instructors/faculty/teaching assistants Speed up the grading process by providing a structured form for grading and composing feedback.

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Sample Rubrics