Examples of rubrics
In the previous step, we introduced you to the core concept of what a rubric is and the different approaches to rubrics that can be used, but before moving on it may be useful to look at some specific models that have been used for rubrics.
These examples aren’t exhaustive, but they demonstrate how rubrics can be adapted to suit different subject disciplines or audiences.
Typical word-based rubric for observing a teacher candidate
This rubric can be used to assess teaching candidates against the International Society for Technology in Education standards (in this case, part 4b). It clearly defines what behaviours a candidate needs to demonstrate to be deemed acceptable. In this example the rating labels could be fully expanded to mean the following:
Exceeds Expectation: Clear examples of exemplary performance or best practice in this domain: no weaknesses
Meeting Expectation: Very good or excellent performance on virtually all aspects; strong overall but not exemplary; no weaknesses of any real consequence
Developing: Reasonably good performance overall; might have a few slight weaknesses but nothing serious
Emerging: Clear evidence of unsatisfactory functioning; serious weaknesses on crucial aspects
First-person, graphical rubric supporting performance at a Math Fair, published by the Galileo Educational Network of Canada. Click to enlarge.
This circular rubric is presented as a type of radar chart, with the lowest levels of achievement in the outermost ring, and the highest levels in the innermost ring (closest to the ‘bullseye’). The circle is divided into sectors of equal size, like a dart board, each containing a different criterion being assessed. This makes it easy to display visually where the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses lie.
Graphical rubric used by a U.S. kindergarten teacher. Available for free download at teacherspayteachers.com
This pictoral grid rubric was developed by teacher and blogger Samantha Francis for use with very young children. A child can use this to self-evaluate their work, while the teacher can use it to evaluate how the child views their work.
Visual ‘minirubric’ intended for short check-ups on performance. Redrawn from example by Jane Davidson of genuineevaluation.com, 24 November, 2014.
This ‘minirubric’ is a cross between a rating scale and a rubric. It makes excellent use of colour and placement of icons for instant understanding.
These options aren’t exhaustive - you can be really creative in the presentation of your rubric, as we hope the examples above have shown. The rubric format can be adapted depending on the needs of your assessment measures.
Over to you…
- Which forms of rubric have you used most effectively in your work?
- What challenges have you encountered in creating or working with a rubric?
Summarise your experience in a few sentences and spend at least 5 minutes reading the thoughts of your fellow learners in the comments below.