5 things you need to know about rubrics! Back to list

There’s a lot of talk at the moment about the importance of rubrics but what are they? Read our quick summary here!

Author: Maria Toth

1. What is a rubric?

A rubric is a standard of performance. It is commonly used for assessment purposes in order to define or communicate a student’s performance on a given task, set of tasks or a process. A rubric consists of narrative descriptions which are divided into levels of performance. These descriptors can be analytical or holistic.

2. Analytic rubrics

This example shows analytic rubrics created for assessing how well students have worked together in teams.

Source: www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/teamwork/

Skills

Criteria

Points

1

2

3

4

HelpingThe teacher observed the students offering assistance to each other.

None of the Time

Some of the Time

Most of the Time

All of the Time

____

ListeningThe teacher observed students working from each other’s ideas.

None of the Time

Some of the Time

Most of the Time

All of the Time

____

Participating:The teacher observed each student contributing to the project.

None of the Time

Some of the Time

Most of the Time

All of the Time

____

Persuading:The teacher observed the students exchanging, defending, and rethinking ideas.

None of the Time

Some of the Time

Most of the Time

All of the Time

____

Questioning:The teacher observed the students interacting, discussing, and posing questions to all members of the team.

None of the Time

Some of the Time

Most of the Time

All of the Time

____

Respecting:The teacher observed the students encouraging and supporting the ideas and efforts of others.

None of the Time

Some of the Time

Most of the Time

All of the Time

____

Sharing:The teacher observed the students offering ideas and reporting their findings to each other.

None of the Time

Some of the Time

Most of the Time

All of the Time

____

Total Points

____

3. Holistic rubrics

Holistic rubrics do not include separate descriptors but rather analyse multiple criteria in task performance. Holistic rubrics are often used when looking at final product outcomes. If you’re interested in reading more examples of rubrics, take a look at this website where you will find hundreds of examples on different topics: www.rcampus.com/rubricshellc.cfm

4. Why are rubrics useful?

Rubrics allow the teacher to determine the degree to which the student has met the criteria for performing a task successfully. The teacher may use the information to a) convey clearer expectations, b) revise or restructure tasks, if necessary and c) carry out more detailed assessment improving feedback. The students also gain from more detailed information in that they may use the information to guide and organise their learning.

5. How to create rubrics

Create your own rubrics using Rubistar in either English or Spanish: rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php; If you’re interested in reading more about rubrics, check out this useful explanation here: jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/rubrics.htm