Office of Assessment and Accreditation

Rubrics

A rubric is a scoring tool that explicitly describes the instructor’s performance expectations for an assignment or piece of work. A rubric contains the evaluation criteria, scaled performance levels, and the relative descriptors of each criteria at each level. Rubrics can be used to provide feedback to students on diverse types of assignments, from papers, projects, and oral presentations to artistic performances and group projects.

They can be great tools for assessing student work for several reasons:
  • You find yourself re-writing the same comments on student assignments.
  • Your grading load is heavy and writing comments takes a lot of your time.
  • Students ask the same questions about assignment requirements, even after you’ve returned it.
  • You want to point out some specific elements an assignment.
  • You find yourself wondering if you are grading or commenting equitably at the beginning, middle, and end of a stack of student papers.
  • You have a team of graders and wish to ensure validity and inter-rater reliability.

Examples

Don’t reinvent the wheel! There are tons of excellent rubrics available online. If nothing else, they will provide a good starting point. Here are some to start with:

AAC&U Value Rubrics

Meta-Assessment Rubric

The original Meta-assessment Rubric was created as a tool for programs to use either in conjunction with peer consultation or independently. It was intended to help conceptualize good assessment processes and practices and strengthen understanding and expectations.

Since its inception, the meta-assessment rubric has been aligned closer to assessment policy, processes, and assessment management system language. It remains the roadmap of good assessment processes and practices.

The Assessment Steering Committee meta-assessment sub group regularly assesses programmatic assessment plans and reports using this tool. For additional information, please contact the Assessment Steering Committee or the Assessment Office.