A Rubric Primer

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1. "Authentic Assessment and Rubrics" (web page) explains what "authentic assessment" is ("Assessment methods based as closely as possible to real-world experiences") and explains the value of rubrics "in assessing complex and subjective criteria."

It then lists the advantages of using rubrics, the common features of rubrics, and assorted links to sample rubrics for a wide variety of assignment types:

a. Advantages

  • "[A]llow[s] assessment to be objective and consistent"
  • "[A]llow[s] the instructor to clarify his/her criteria in specific terms"
  • "[C]learly show[s] student how their work will be evaluated and what is expected"
  • "[P]rovid[es] useful feedback regarding the effectiveness of the instruction"
  • "[P]rovide[s] benchmarks against which to measure and document progress"

b. Common Features

  • "[D]elineation of primary traits of performances and products"
  • "[D]descriptions of various levels of performance or of product quality"
  • "[A] range for rating performance"

2. "Rubric Primer" (pdf) emphasizes that "Rubrics are more than checklists in that they look for more than the presence or absence of an attribute."

  • "Rubrics are more than rating scales in that in addition to the quality levels at which each attribute can be achieved, they identify all attributes of what is being evaluated."
  • The pdf then explains the difference between holistic rubrics and analytic rubrics, with examples. 

3. Other Resources

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