Why should I use rubrics?

When used correctly, rubrics can:

  • provide students with a road map of how to complete the assignment well;
  • communicate to students about assignment expectations clearly and explicitly;
  • improve students end products and increase learning;
  • reveal standards of the discipline;
  • align assignments with intended learning outcomes;
  • inform all interested parties (students, instructors, administrators, parents, etc.) about academic standards and student achievement of those standards;
  • be flexible for revision, refinement, and re-alignment so that they better match learning objectives;
  • heighten students awareness of the qualities of good work;
  • form a basis for dialogue about learning between instructor and student;
  • form a basis for dialogue about learning among students in peer reviews.
Last updated: Jun 16, 2011