Grading and Performance Rubrics What are Rubrics?
A rubric is a scoring tool that explicitly represents the performance expectations for an assignment or piece of work. A rubric divides the assigned work into component parts and provides clear descriptions of the characteristics of the work associated with each component, at varying levels of mastery.
Rubrics can be used for a wide array of assignments: Rubrics can be used as scoring or grading guides, to provide formative feedback to support and guide ongoing learning efforts, or both.
Advantages of Using Rubrics Using a rubric provides several advantages to both instructors and students. Grading consistency is difficult to maintain over time because of fatigue, shifting standards based on prior experience, or intrusion of other criteria.
Furthermore, rubrics can reduce the time spent grading by reducing uncertainty and by allowing instructors to refer to the rubric description associated with a score rather than having to write long comments.
Finally, grading rubrics are invaluable in large courses that have multiple graders other instructors, teaching assistants, etc.
Used more formatively, rubrics can help instructors get a clearer picture of the strengths and weaknesses of their class.
By recording the component scores and tallying up the number of students scoring below an acceptable level on each component, instructors can identify those skills or concepts that need more instructional time and student effort.
Grading rubrics are also valuable to students. A rubric can help instructors communicate to students the specific requirements and acceptable performance standards of an assignment. When rubrics are given to students with the assignment description, they can help students monitor and assess their progress as they work toward clearly indicated goals.
When assignments are scored and returned with the rubric, students can more easily recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their work and direct their efforts accordingly. Examples of Rubrics Here are links to a diverse set of rubrics designed by Carnegie Mellon faculty and faculty at other institutions.
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Although your particular field of study and type of assessment activity may not be represented currently, viewing a rubric that is designed for a similar activity may provide you with ideas on how to divide your task into components and how to describe the varying levels of mastery.
Paper Assignments Example 1: Anthropology Writing Assignments This rubric was designed for a series of short writing assignments in anthropology, CMU.
This rubric was designed for essays and research papers in history, CMU. Capstone Project in Design This rubric describes the components and standard of performance from the research phase to the final presentation for a senior capstone project in the School of Design, CMU.
Engineering Design Project This rubric describes performance standards on three aspects of a team project: Research and Design, Communication, and Team Work.Scoring Rubric: Response to Literature The organization, elements of response to literature writing, grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling of a written piece are scored in this rubric.
This printable includes directions for how to score each element independently, and a space for comments with which teachers can offer specific or collective feedback.
Scoring Rubric: Response to Literature The organization, elements of response to literature writing, grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling of a written piece are scored in this rubric. This printable includes directions for how to score each element independently, and a space for comments with which teachers can offer specific or collective feedback.
Essay writing, problem solving, experimental design, and the analysis of political systems are each important skills in their respective disciplines.
If the rubrics are the same each time a student does the same kind of work, the student will learn general qualities of good essay writing, problem solving, and so .
Most commonly, analytic rubrics have been used by teachers to score student writing when the teacher awards a separate score for such facets of written language as conventions or mechanics (i.e., spelling, punctuation, and grammar), organisation, content or ideas, and style.
This rubric was designed for essays and research papers in history, CMU. Projects. Example 1: Capstone Project in Design This rubric describes the components and standard of performance from the research phase to the final presentation for a senior capstone project in the School of Design, CMU.
Several examples of rubrics that can be found on the web are linked below to aid in the development of rubrics for post secondary education settings. Template for Creating a Rubric The below link is to a MSWord file that contains a template for a rubric and instructions for how to use and modify the template to meet individual grading needs.