A rubric is a tool for measuring whether or not the objectives of a unit or performance have been met. Rubrics help to make the objective clear and to show the students what the goals are.
Using rubrics requires that you clearly define the expectations of your unit/performance. When you decide on the objectives of your unit/performance, you have to decide what it will look like when those objectives are met.
Rubrics help hold the teacher accountable for the grades given to the performances done by the students—teachers become more consistent and more objective when they use rubrics.
When rubrics are developed as a class and distributed ahead of time, students have a better sense of the purpose of an assignment and what is expected of their work. Then the student can make choices about what s/he still needs to work on to meet the objectives.
Rubrics--Short Version--P. Gow
HOW TO MAKE A RUBRIC THE PROCESS: IDEA TO ASSESSMENT
scales are generally numbered somewhere between 0 and 5,
categories can be weighted according to importance to the unit objectives.
“ Rubric gurus” recommend having an even number of ratings on your scale so you aren’t tempted to circle the middle all the time. It is important that the students understand what each rating means—what does a “5” look like? Explain it on every rubric!