A scoring rubric is a method of classifying and categorizing student behaviors or products along a continuum. Rubrics can be used to assess writing, research reports, performances, portfolios, and problem-solving, among others. Rubrics allow faculty to evaluate or assess student work fairly efficiently. If students are taught to score their own work, they can profit from understanding the standards and criteria that faculty expect of them.
How to create and use a scoring rubric:
For examples of scoring rubrics, see the sections on portfolio assessment and on performance assessment.
Here are links to two good articles on rubrics:
What's Wrong - and What's Right - with Rubrics. W. James Popham, Educational Leadership. pp 72 - 75, October 1997.
What's Still Wrong with Rubrics: Focusing on the consistency of performance criteria across scale levels. Robin Tierney and Marielle Simon. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 2004.
Winona State University's assessment website has links to many good examples of rubrics.
Howard University's page on rubrics.
University of West Florida's page on developing rubrics.
AAC&U's Value Rubrics. These include rubrics for assessing intellectual and practical skills (e.g., inquiry and analysis, critical thinking, problem solving), personal and social responsibility (e.g., civic knowledge and engagement, intercultural knowledge and competence), and integrative learning.
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