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A rubric is a scoring guide: a list or chart that describes the criteria that will be used to evaluate or grade student assignments. Suskie (2009) states that: there is no single correct way to write or format rubrics. Any format is effective so long as the rubric’s purpose is fulfilled. Rubrics can be formatted using checklists, rating scales, descriptive scales and holistic scoring guides.

Advantages of Rubrics

  • Rubrics help student understand your expectations
  • Rubrics can help students self-improve
  • Rubrics can inspire better student performance
  • Rubrics make scoring easier and faster
  • Rubrics make scoring more accurate, unbiased and consistent
  • Rubrics improve feedback to students
  • Rubrics reduce arguments with students
  • Rubrics improve feedback to faculty and staff

Below are some links to assist you in creating effective rubrics. One approach is to create the rubric before the assignment.  The process of writing the criteria and standards for evaluating an assignment prior to writing the assignment itself, allows for clarity and effectiveness.

iRubric- iRubric is a free comprehensive rubric development, assessment, and  sharing tool.  Irubric  allows you to build rubrics from scratch or from existing rubrics  in minutes using the Rubric Studio.

Rubric Bank- This bank contains rubrics submitted from faculty and staff  at various institutions as part of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

VALUE Rubrics- The VALUE rubrics project (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) is sponsored by the Association of American Colleges & Universities.  The Institutional level rubrics represent the collaboration of faculty and staff from institutions across the nation. The VALUE rubrics project is designed to assist  institutions in assessing their General Education Curriculum. To download all the rubrics in one document, click here for the PDF.