Exemplars scoring rubrics are excellent tools for assessing student work.
Exemplars math material includes standards-based rubrics that define what work meets a standard, and allows teachers (and students) to distinguish between different levels of performance. Exemplars rubrics have four levels of performance: Novice, Apprentice, Practitioner (meets the standard) and Expert.
Exemplars uses two types of rubrics:
Students can also use our Assessment Rubrics (and annotated anchor papers) to compare their work to during peer- and self-appraisals. This process demonstrates success as well as offers opportunities for refinement. Based on student performance, teaching and learning strategies can be adjusted.
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Examples of Rubrics
Grading rubrics precisely describe performance expectations. Rubrics offer explicit criteria to help students meet learning objectives. Rubrics also make meaningful feedback and evaluation more efficient.
The sample rubrics below address discussion, eportfolios, group projects, blogs, wikis, and more!
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Social Media Project Rubrics
Criteria for assessing individual and group Wiki contributions.
Assess individual blog entries, including comments on peers' blogs.
Assess learning during social networking instructional assignments.
Discussion, Teamwork, and Group Work Rubrics
Online Discussion Board Rubric
Criteria for assessing ability to share perspectives, refine thoughts through the writing process, and participate in meaningful discussion
Primary Grade Self-Evaluation Teamwork Rubric (PDF)
Features of a sandwich to graphically show the criteria
Upper Elementary Teamwork Rubric
Karen Franker's rubric includes six defined criteria for assessing team and individual responsibility
Middle School/High School Collaboration Rubric
Six defined criteria for collaboration with strong performance descriptors
ePortfolio and Web Page Rubrics
Electronic portfolio rubric created by Joan Vandervelde includes 7 categories with 4 levels of achievement
Web Page Rubric
Joan Vandervelde's rubric details 9 categories for evaluating a web page
Web Project Rubric (PDF format)
Evaluates a group web design project
CyberFair Peer Review Student Web Page Rubric
Online feedback form for CyberFair Project.
Concept Map and Graphic Organizer Rubric
Graphic Organizer and Mind Map Rubric
Concept map diagram rubric to assess a visual storyboard of a final project or to chart a flow of work and ideas by Karen Franker
Concept map and/or storyboard specification of instructional sequencing and messaging details.
Video and Multimedia Project Rubrics
Video Project Rubric
Joan Vandervelde lists criteria for video production and editing
Multimedia Project Rubric and Multimedia Mania Student Checklist
Rubric developed by Caroline McCullen, Jamie McKenzie, and Terrie Gray
Midlnk Magazine's rubric includes self and teacher evaluation column.
Virtual Simulations and Games Rubric
Assessing Student Learning in Virtual Simulations and Serious Games
A grading rubric created by Ann Bell with 6 performance criteria
Research Process Rubrics
Research Process Rubric - Elementary
Karen Franker's rubric to assess planning, gathering, organizing and citing information in grades 3-5
Research Process Rubric - Middle School
Karen Franker's rubric assesses performance with the research process
Rubric for the 6 Facets of Understanding
Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe Understanding by Design
Holistic Critical Thinking Rubric (pdf)
Critical thinking and skills used to problem solve
Rubric for Research Process
Joyce Valenza's rubric assesses 5 research performance areas for high school students
Research Process Reflection
Joyce Valenza's Question Brainstormer encourages students to ask focus questions and reflect on the research process
Information Summary Rubric
High school or college level
Academic Research Writing and APA Formatting Rubric
Kay Lehmann's rubric for high school or college level
Samples of Student Writing, Scored With a 6+1 Trait Rubric
An extensive archive of assessment materials associated with the 6-Traits assessment approach.
NWREL's Six Traits of Writing Rubric
English and Spanish versions of the 6-Traits of Writing Rubric and other rubrics for listening, public speaking and reading
Process Writing Assessment (PWA) Rubrics and Anchor Papers
Oakland Unified School District and the Bay Area Writing Project rubrics and anchor papers for scoring grade level writing
Includes rubrics for essay questions, logs, journal writing, and lab write-ups
Research Paper Rubric(Word doc)
Rubric for Scoring Effective Writing (Word doc)
Persuasive Essay Rubric (Word doc)
Mr. Nassivera's U.S. History and Government class rubric: Common Core for Reading and Writing Standards Based on Common Core Standards for Reading/Writing in History/Social Sciences
Historical Fiction Essay Rubric (pdf)
Blake Green's history class rubric.
Rubrics for Middle School
Includes invention report, book talk, persuasive essay and autobiographical event essay
Math and Science Rubrics
4 levels of math understanding with performance criteria
NCTM Math Standard Rubric (pdf)
Performance criteria for problem solving reasoning and proof communication connections representation
Science Rubric (pdf)
Performance criteria for use of scientific tools, science reasoning and strategies, science concepts and use of data and communication
Science Observation and Discussion Rubric (pdf)
Science WebQuest Rubric
Performance evaluating a web essay
Scientific Report Rubric
Easy to modify for any kind of high school research report
Physics Project Rubric
A good example of a performance rubric tuned a specific project. Easy to adapt to other subjects.
Physics Lab Project Rubric (pdf)
Evaluates a research project on the physics of Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Vectors and Projectiles.
Ann Bell's rubric helps students assess what makes a good podcast.
10 performance categories
Oral Presentation Rubric (Word doc)
VoiceThread Participation Rubric (pdf)
Michelle Pacansky-Brock's general formative assessment is used when students view a mini video lecture/presentation. Contributions are rated on originality, comprehension, and clarity.
Oral Presentation Checklist
4Teachers.org provides an online tool to customize the checklist for your grade level
Midlink Magazine's assessment of 6 performance areas (middle school)
Effective Project Presentations
Buck Institute for Education (BIE) rubric for high school presentations
Speaking and Writing Rubrics bilingual education (English and Spanish)
Spanish Partial-Immersion Program Rubrics for Writing and Speaking in English and Spanish for Grades 1-5
Rubrics for Primary Grades
Kindergarten Writing Rubric
Assess literacy development
Evaluates communication, fine muscle development, emergent reading and writing, large muscle development, math development, creative arts, personal development and work habits, play and social skills.
Primary Grade Self-Evaluation Teamwork Rubric (PDF)
Features a sandwich to graphically show when all criteria are met
Third Grade Venn Diagram Rubric
Tools for Creating Your Rubrics
Choose a topic and create a new rubric based on a template. Save and edit your rubric online.
Insert the task and criteria into this template.
Rubric Template (Word doc)
Word document template to download and modify to meet authentic assessment needs (University of West Florida).
iRubric develop rubrics and access them from anywhere
Annenberg Learner Build a Rubric
Essay Tagger Common Core Rubric Creation Tool
Single-Point Rubric (Word doc)
Build your own grading rubrics online by filling out a form. You can include a graphic and print the rubric.
Readings about Authentic Assessment
Helpful background information about rubric design and implementation in the classroom.
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