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Let’s Get Creative!. Solving the Assessment Puzzle. How do we create them?. What are rubrics ?. Why we should use them?. Effective Rubrics. Help guide student work Help teachers assess student products Help teachers develop classroom instructional activities . Creation Concerns.

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solving the assessment puzzle
Solving the Assessment Puzzle

How do we create them?

What are rubrics?

Why we should use them?

effective rubrics
Effective Rubrics
  • Help guide student work
  • Help teachers assess student products
  • Help teachers develop classroom instructional activities
creation concerns
Creation Concerns
  • Creation takes time
  • Must evaluate the instrument
  • Must consider all stakeholders
two basic types
Two basic types
  • Holistic
  • Analytic
experts say rubrics are
Experts say Rubrics are:

Scoring Guides with specific pre-established performance criteria

(Mertler, 2001).

analytic rubrics
Analytic Rubrics
  • Most commonly used
  • Teacher scores individual parts
  • Sums individual scores to obtain total

(Mueler, 2006).

(Moskal,2000; Mertler, 2001).

holistic rubrics
Holistic Rubrics
  • Not as common
  • Teacher scores the overall process or product as a whole
  • Does not judge components separately
  • “Usually used to make quick judgments on smaller tasks such as homework” Its best to use only a few judgments with a holistic rubric.
  • Exp. Score using 1-5 or Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory, or Unattempted

(Mertler, 2001)

benefits of rubrics
Benefits of Rubrics


  • rubrics serve as justification for grades.
  • rubrics break down grading criteria to make grading easier for the teacher.


  • rubrics explain the teacher’s expectations for the assignment.
  • rubrics provide feedback to the student.
steps to creating the rubric
Steps to Creating the Rubric

1. Look at models.

2. List criteria.

3. Pack and Unpack Criteria.

4. Articulate levels of quality.

5. Create a draft rubric.

6. Revise the draft rubric.

(Andrade, 2000)

evaluating your creation
Evaluating Your Creation
  • Ask a fellow teacher to review the rubric for overlapping, and unclear descriptors.
  • Ask a fellow teacher to grade a sample with the rubric and see if your scores are similar.
  • Ask the students that used the rubric if it was clear and easy to understand.
  • Ask students to explain their grade to you. What needs work? What went well? If they can do all of this, the rubric did its job.
how to improve the rubric
How to improve the rubric
  • Must adhere to Popham’s seven rules for effectiveness
  • Must be connected to the skills being addressed by the learning targets of the subject
  • The skills measured on the rubric must be those that can be addressed instructionally
  • The length of the rubric should be limited to as few criteria as possible
  • Rubrics can benefit teachers and students.
  • There are different types of rubrics for different types of assessments.
  • Rubrics can be revised and edited to fit multiple assessments.
  • They get easier to make with practice.
journey into cyberspace
Journey Into Cyberspace
  • Authentic Assessment Toolbox


  • Rubistar


  • A collection of rubric sites


get creative
Get Creative
  • With your team, investigate the lesson plans and rubric sites to develop your unit of study.
  • Lesson Plan Search



Andrade, Heidi Goodrich. (2000)Using rubrics to promote thinking and learning.

Retrieved February 23, 2006 from ASCD website:


Mertler, Craig A. (2001). Designing scoring rubrics for your classroom. Practical

Assessment Research & Evaluation, 7(25). Retrieved March 13, 2006 from


Moskal, Barbara M. & Leydens, Jon A.(2000).Scoring rubric development: validity

and reliability. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 7(10). Retrieved

March 13, 2006 from http://pareonline.net/getvnasp?v=7&n=10

Mueller, Jon (2006) Authentic assessment toolbox. Retrieved March 13, 2006, from


Popham, W. James.(2005) Classroom Assessment. (pp.195-197) Boston: Pearson

Education, Inc.

Rubik’s cube. (2006) Retrieved April 3, 2006 from Wikipedia website:


Walvoord, Barbara & Anderson, Virginia (1998) Rubrics: Appendix A: sample

rubrics for student classroom work. TLT Group starter kit workbook. Retrieved

March 13, 2006, from The TLT Group website: