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What is a Rubric?

A rubric is an assessment tool that lays out the specific expectations for an assignment.

Why Use Rubrics?

  • Rubrics improve student performance by clearly showing the student how their work will be evaluated and what is expected
  • Rubrics help students become better judges of the quality of their own work.
  • Rubrics allow assessment to be more objective and consistent.
  • Rubrics force the teacher to clarify his/her criteria in specific terms.
  • Rubrics provide useful feedback to the teacher regarding the effectiveness of the instruction.
  • Rubrics provide students with more informative feedback about their strengths and areas in need of improvement.
  • Rubrics accommodate heterogeneous classes by offering a range of quality levels.

Tips for Using Rubrics

  • Make sure the rubric is in language the learner understands
  • Share and discuss the rubric with students at the beginning of a unit or introduction of the project/assignment.