What is the process of developing a rubric?


  • To analyze the assignment for learning objectives and expectations (ask: What do you want students to be able to do in order to accomplish the assignment?)
  • To communicate the objectives and expectations to students on the rubric
    • determine how many criteria (rows going down) will form the basis of assessment
    • determine how many levels of achievement will be used (usually 3 or 4)
    • describe each level of achievement for each criterion
  • To start with the excellent and unacceptable descriptions, including consequences of performing at that level
    • be specific with descriptions and avoid general descriptors such as appropriate, relevant, depth, width, etc.
Last updated: Jun 16, 2011