10 July 2008

2 Rubrics...The Creation - Part 4 of 4

Rubrics may be created in a variety of forms and levels of complexity; however, they all contain mutual common features which include the following:

  • Focus on measuring a stated “objective” (performance, behavior, or quality).
  • Use a “range” to rate performance.
  • Include specific performance characteristics, arranged in levels indicating the “degree” to which a particular standard has been met.

There are specific guidelines to utilize when creating a rubric. The following guidelines were adapted from the following Web site: As of today, 10July08...Link is now dead.....http://edweb.sdsu.edu/triton/july/rubics/Rubric_Guidelines.html.

Steps to Rubric Development

  • Determine learning outcomes.
  • Brevity (Include 4 - 15 items, use brief statements or phrases).
  • Each rubric item should focus on a different skill.
  • Center on how the student develops/expresses their learning.
  • Evaluate only measurable criteria.
  • Ideally, the entire rubric should fit on one sheet of paper.
  • Reevaluate the rubric (i.e. Did it work? Was it sufficiently detailed?).

Terms to Use in Measuring Range/Scoring Levels

  • Needs Improvement...Satisfactory...Good…Exemplary.
  • Beginning...Developing...Accomplished...Exemplary.
  • Needs work...Good...Excellent.
  • Novice...Apprentice...Proficient...Distinguished.
  • Numeric scale ranging from 1 to 5.

Concept Words that Convey Various Degrees of Performance

  • Depth...Breadth...Quality...Scope...Extent...Complexity... Degrees...Accuracy.
  • Presence to absence.
  • Complete to incomplete.
  • Many to some to none.
  • Major to minor.
  • Consistent to inconsistent.
  • Frequency: always to generally to sometimes to rarely.

A great deal of preparation is involved when creating a rubric; however, there are a plethora of assessment rubrics which may be found via Internet. Below are several very useful sites:

The above site has a listing of some great rubric internet links.


Katie Supports said...

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Dovewhisper said...

Hi Katie,
Many thanks for the website...It's wonderful...I will surely pass this on to my staff..

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