Why use a rubric?

Rubrics are grading tools for assignments that are simultaneously student-facing and instructor-facing.

A well-written rubric accomplishes several things for students:

  • Explicitly states the expectations and success criteria for an assignment
  • Divides the final product (e.g. presentation, portfolio) into its essential parts (e.g. project outline, lab report)
  • Describes different performance levels for each component (e.g. “does not meet expectations” to “exceeds expectations”)
  • Clarifies the weight of each assignment component (e.g. abstract 5 points, bibliography 10 points)

For instructors, a rubric can fulfill the following purpose:

  • Serves as guide for consistent scoring and grading
  • Clarifies own expectations for assignment deliverables

A rubric usually looks like a matrix with assignment components on the left, a rating scale across the top, and descriptors under the rating scale for each level of performance.  



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