Critical Thinking: Assessment & Rubric

A pentagram of five skills around a circle of "critical thinking": reasoning, evaluating, problem solving, decision making, analyzing


1. "Guide to Rating Critical & Integrative Thinking" (pdf) is a chart-based rubric that offers a detailed six-point scale ranging from "Emerging" through "Developing" to "Mastering" for the following criteria:

  • "Identifies, summarizes, and appropriately reformulates the problem, question, or issue"
  • "Identifies and considers the influence of context and assumptions" [contexts mentioned include cultural/social, educational, technological, political, scientific, economic, ethical, personal experience]
  • "Develops, presents, and communicates OWN perspective, hypothesis, or position"
  • "Presents, assesses, and analyzes supporting data/evidence"
  • "Integrates issue using OTHER (disciplinary) perspectives and positions"
  • "Identifies and assesses conclusions, implications, and consequences"
  • "Communicates effectively"

2. "George Brown College has developed an assessment rubric and handbook to help other institutions explicitly incorporate critical thinking skills into their curriculum and improve the consistency of assessment."

3. Critical Thinking: Learning, Teaching, and Assessment: A Teacher's Handbook (pdf) centres on a Critical Thinking Assessment Rubric designed "to demonstrate possible ways of incorporating a broadly described essential employability skill into the curriculum – what needs to be taught and practiced, how it can be demonstrated by the learner, and how it can be measured by the teacher."

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