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Developing Rubrics

Rubrics Are:

  • A standardized scoring guide
  • Identifies important criteria and levels of success for each criterion
  • Describes qualitative as well as quantitative differences
  • Generally used to assess assignments, projects, portfolios, term papers, internships, essay tests, performances, etc. - "performance" assessment

Why Rubrics Are Used:

  • To improve grading
    • More unbiased, accurate and consistent
    • Easier and faster
  • To improve student learning:
    • Better understanding of the assignment and what is expected
    • Encouragement for improved performance and better grades

These documents will provide an introduction to what rubrics are and why to use them, how to create rubrics and assignments using rubrics, some examples of rubrics, and resources for creating and using rubrics and prompts.