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Assessment Rubric: Category Overview

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

What are rubrics and why they are important?

In education terminology, rubric means "a scoring guide used to evaluate the quality of students' constructed responses". Put simply, it is a set of criteria for grading assignments. Rubrics usually contain evaluative criteria, quality definitions for those criteria at particular levels of achievement, and a scoring strategy. They are often presented in table format and can be used by teachers when marking, and by students when planning their work. Rubrics, when used with formative assessment purposes, have shown to have a positive impact on students' learning.

A scoring rubric is an attempt to communicate expectations of quality around a task. In many cases, scoring rubrics are used to delineate consistent criteria for grading. Because the criteria are public, a scoring rubric allows teachers and students alike to evaluate criteria, which can be complex and subjective. A scoring rubric can also provide a basis for self-evaluation, reflection, and peer review. It is aimed at accurate and fair assessment, fostering understanding, and indicating a way to proceed with subsequent learning/teaching. This integration of performance and feedback is called ongoing assessment or formative assessment.

Several common features of scoring rubrics:

  • They focus on measuring a stated objective (performance, behavior, or quality);

  • They use a range to rate performance;

  • They contain specific performance characteristics arranged in levels indicating either the developmental sophistication of the strategy used or the degree to which a standard has been met;

Resources: Assessment Rubrics

In this post, you will find many useful and well-designed assessment rubrics for the following areas: presentation, piano/recorder/ukulele/guitar/vocal performance, and process journal.

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