What is a rubric?
Reflection pointHear students perspectives on the role and value of rubrics for assessment and feedback. Are there points in the video (5:11) where you agree or disagree with the students?Rubrics for standards-based assessment are made up of three basic elements:
- criteria stating the objectives that must be met in the task
- a range of performance standards, between highest and lowest
- descriptors that describe each level of performance
Benefits of using an assessment rubric.
- Provides a transparent framework that clarifies assessment requirements and standards of performance for different grades. In this, they support assessment as learning; students can see what is important and where to focus their learning efforts.
- Allows assessors to give specific feedback to students on their performance and can result in richer feedback to students, giving them a clearer idea where they sit in terms of an ordered progression towards increased expertise in a learning domain.
- Encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning when they are involved in their construction.
- Helps teachers develop a shared language for talking about learning and assessment by engaging teams in rubric-based conversations about quality..
- Helps assessors efficiently and reliably interpret and grade students’ work.
- Helps teachers target the next steps needed for students to improve their learning as it systematically illuminates gaps and weaknesses in students’ understanding against particular criteria.
Resources for designing rubricsMany resources are available of examples of rubrics and of tools to help you design rubrics:
- UNSW Teaching Gateway – A General Learning Rubric gives examples of standards for a range of criteria, and is a good starting point for adapting the rubric for your context.
- A range of examples are at the end of the Using assessment rubrics brochure
- Many university learning management systems include a function for designing rubrics, for example, Moodle offers Gradebook
Want to know more?If you would like to more about this topic on rubrics there are additional resources listed in the Want to know more.pdf for this step.ReferencesUNSW. (2016). Using Assessment Rubrics. Sydney: Author.
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