Information about Rubrics
What is a Rubric or Checklist? A rubric is a scoring guide that describes criteria for student performance and differentiates among different levels of performance within those criteria. Because rubrics set forth specific criteria, define precise requirements for meeting those criteria, and often assign numerical scores to each level of performance, they provide teachers with an effective, objective method for evaluating skills that do not generally lend themselves to objective assessment methods. Rubrics simplify teacher assessment of student work and provide students, parents, and administrators with an answer to the age-old "Why did you give it this grade?" question. And, at their very best, rubrics provide students with standards and expectations they can use to evaluate their performance while completing the assignment. http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr248.shtml
A rubric is a little like a thermometer. When essays are graded, it is easy to be subjective. By listing the expectations that will be used to determine the adequacy of an essay, the teacher makes essay writing and grading more objective. The teacher knows what things add up to a good response and the student knows what to include in that essay to show what has been learned. It is like saying "You are getting warmer!"
By making a rubric, the teacher is less likely to be swayed by the length of the response or the fact that the student knows what opinion the teacher wants to see and writes the response in that form.
Example of rubric/checklist a student could develop:
Assignment: Write a one page essay about how safe you feel at school.
Go back to Assignment 1.
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