Developing Rubrics

Check out the resources below to help create and understand rubrics as an assessment tool.

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:
    • A better understanding of the assignment and what is expected
    • Encouragement for improved performance and better grades


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