Examples of rubrics
Typical word-based rubric for observing a teacher candidateA traditional word-based rubric with no numerical labels. Based on an ISTE Standard. See PDF download for an accessible text-based version.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
- Emerging: Clear evidence of unsatisfactory functioning; serious weaknesses on crucial aspects
GraphicalFirst-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.
PictoralGraphical rubric used by a U.S. kindergarten teacher. Available for free download at teacherspayteachers.comThis 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.
MinirubricVisual ‘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.
DiscussionThese 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?
Designing Assessments to Measure Student Outcomes
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