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.
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