These pages are based on the work of Bonnie B. Mullinix
(see related TLT Group Flashlight Rubric pages)
Rubrics are a powerful tool for supporting learning by guiding learners activities and increasing their understanding of their own learning process. The following links down or out to support and supplemental materials that will help you to more deeply explore rubrics and their use as an effective assessment tool.
This page includes:
(links jump you down the page)
Sample Rubrics and Scoring/Feedback Sheets (in MSWord and HTML formats)
Before you begin exploring, try your hand at this interactive matching game:
Assessment Terms - A Matching Puzzle
[Note: this interactive game was developed using Hot Potatoes (a freely available activity and assessment tool).]
In simple terms – A Rubric shows how learners will be assessed and/or graded. In other words, a rubric provides a clear guide as to how ‘what learners do’ in a course will be assessed.
In formal terms - The following definition, taken from the glossary of Understanding Educational Measurement by Peter McDaniel (1994), also provides a standard definition:
A scoring rubric is a set of ordered categories to which a given piece of work can be compared. Scoring rubrics specify the qualities or processes that must be exhibited in order for a performance to be assigned a particular evaluative rating.
Types and Uses of Rubrics
|Types||Purpose/Distinction*||Focal Use||View Samples|
|provide a single score based on an overall impression of learner achievement on a task.||To provide overall evaluation guidelines that clarify how grades relate to performance/achievement, such as in course grades||
Course grading rubric
|provide specific feedback along several dimensions||To break assignments or scores down into separate components for grading (description, analysis, grammar, references, etc.)||
Practicum Portfolio Rubric/Scoring Sheet**
|contain criteria that are general across tasks||Designed to provide general guidance as to expectations, such as for grading of written assignments||
Course grading rubric
Position Paper Scoring/Feedback Sheet**
|are unique to a task/assignment||Designed to provide detailed guidance regarding a specific assignment or task||
Practicum Portfolio Rubric
Research Paper Scoring/Feedback Sheet **
* adapted from Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning
** scoring/feedback sheets designed to be used with a full descriptive rubric (e.g. course grading)
A Rubric for Rubrics - Key levels and criteria to use when assessing rubrics are proposed in this working matrix. It provides a solid orientation to the issues and considerations associated with constructing rubrics.
- Identify the type and purpose of the Rubric - Consider what you want to apply assess/evaluate and why (see matrix above).
- Identify Distinct Criteria to be evaluated - Develop/reference the existing description of the course/assignment/activity and pull your criteria directly from your objectives/expectations. Make sure that the distinction between the assessment criteria are clear.
- Determine your levels of assessment - Identify your range and scoring scales. Are they linked to simple numeric base scores? Percentages? Grades or GPAs?
- Describe each level for each of the criteria, clearly differentiating between them - For each criteria, differentiate clearly between the levels of expectation. Whether holistically or specifically, there should be no question as to where a product/performance would fall along the continuum of levels. (Hint: Start at the bottom (unacceptable) and top (mastery) levels and work your way “in”).
- Involve learners in development and effective use of the Rubric - Whether it is the first time you are using a particular rubric or the 100th time, learner engagement in the initial design or on-going development of the assessment rubric helps to increase their knowledge of expectations and make them explicitly aware of what and how they are learning and their responsibility in the learning process.
- Pre-test and retest your rubric - A valid and reliable rubric is generally developed over time. Each use with a new group of learners or a colleague provides an opportunity to tweak and enhance it.
Sample Rubrics and Scoring Feedback Sheets
The following are Sample Rubrics for your reference, modification and use (please credit their origin as appropriate/when shared publically):
|Versions for Viewing, Printing & Adaptation|
|Course Grading Rubric||Web||Word|
|Team Presentation Rubrics|
|Practicum and Portfolio Assessment Rubric||Web||Word|
|Feedback and Scoring Sheets***|
|Reaction/Position Paper Feedback Sheet||Web||Word|
|Research Paper Feedback Sheet||Web||Word|
|Abstract Assessment Feedback Sheet||Web||Word|
*** scoring/feedback sheets designed to be used with a full descriptive rubric (e.g. course grading)
A wealth of information regarding Rubric Development is available. Below are some collected online reference for your continuing use and exploration.
- Carnegie Mellon, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Examples of Rubrics - http://www.cmu.edu/teaching//designteach/teach/rubrics.html - higher education rubrics developed by faculty in different disciplines
For Guides to developing Rubrics in support of teaching, learning and self reflection:
This Rubric reference page - http://www.tltgroup.org/resources/Rubrics.htm
Flashlight Resources - TLT Group assessment, evaluation and survey tools - Flashlight Online 2.0 was a project of the TLT Group for many years managed through the University of Washington. with budget cuts in recent years, theFlashlight tool was retired. Sample Rubrics and useful information can still be found at: & - http://www.tltgroup.org/resources/flashlight/rubrics.htm.
Scoring Rubrics - http://ericae.net/faqs/rubrics/scoring_rubrics.htm - Definitions & Construction
Rubric Basics - http://www.inov8.psu.edu/toolbox/RubricBasics.pdf - Definitions, types, purposes, learner involvement, learning enhancement and rubric use (Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning) .
Rubric Builder - https://www.e-education.psu.edu/facdev/id/assessment/rubrics/rubric_builder.html - An interactive web page rubric that can score and give item specific feedback Rubistar - http://rubistar.4teachers.org/ - Helps you construct online rubrics
Roobrix - http://roobrix.com/ - Converts your rubric scores into percentages.
Waypoint - http://www.subjectivemetrics.com/index.cfm - online, interactive rubrics that let you create tailored narrative feedback for students based on your rubric and, on a larger scale (multiple classes, programs, institution-wide) collect and analyze longitudinal data on student performance.
Search for sample rubrics at:
Merlot - http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm - Online repository of learning objects and materials for higher education (particularly online teaching, but contains face-to-face and hybrid options).
The Rubric Bank - http://intranet.cps.k12.il.us/Assessments/Ideas_and_Rubrics/Rubric_Bank/rubric_bank.html - Some examples of rubrics in key disciplines (mostly K-12, many at state levels).
The POD Network Custom Search Engine - http://www.podnetwork.org/search.htm#faculty – allows you to search Centers for Teaching and Learning within Higher Education for sample rubrics. Example:
Selected Professional Presentations referencing this web-based information:
The Power of Rubrics: Assessment as a Guide to Learning
TLT Group Online Institute, Tuesdays, July 14, 21 & 28, 2009.
Measuring up to Learning Expectations: Rubrics as a Guide to Learning
& Constructing Rubrics
Process Education Conference 2009, Interactive Keynote & Workshop, Gaston College, NC, July 10 2009.
Assessment as a Guide to Learning I: Introduction to Rubrics
& Assessment as a Guide to Learning II: Developing Rubrics
Sessions offered at SCSU 21st Century Faculty Development Academy, June 2 & 3, 2009 and
Greenville Technical College, Fall 2008 & Spring 2009.
A Rubric for Rubrics ~ Reconstructing and Exploring Theoretical Frameworks
POD Network in Higher Education Conference 2007, Pittsburgh, PA. October 26, 2007: 3:45-4:45 pm
Rubrics in the Age of Accountability:
Transparent Assessment in Support of Learning
NJEDge - DLAAB Presentation on Rubrics
Summary Plan and website: http://web.njit.edu/~ronkowit/teaching/rubrics/index.htm
Puzzling through Assessment: Rubrics and Interactive Assessment Techniques
Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaching with New Technologies (TNT) Institute. May 18, 2005: 2:30-4 pm
Summary Plan / Handout with links
Questions? Contact: Dr. Bonnie B. Mullinix (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Webpage originally developed: January, 2004, relocated October, 2006 and October, 2007 and established here in 2008
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