4-H Project Evaluations:
March 6, 2014
Southern Regional Biennial Conference
Charleston, South Carolina
How many KNOW what a rubric is?
How many have USED a rubric in 4-H?
How many have CREATED a rubric to use
What is a Rubric?
Hardee Co. Market Animal Rubric
Steps to Make a Rubric
Each group has a set of three photographs to
judge with an evaluation tool and ribbons. Using
your tool place the three pictures.
Process our thoughts on each…
DO – REFLECT - APPLY
What is a Rubric?
A rubric is a
•scoring tool for
• subjective assessments.
It is a set of criteria and standards
linked to learning objectives
that is used to assess a student's performance on papers,
projects, essays, and other assignments.
Rubrics allow for standardized evaluation according to
specified criteria, making grading simpler and more
Common Features of Rubrics
1. FOCUS on measuring a stated objective
(performance, behavior, or quality)
2. Use a RANGE to rate performance
3. Contains SPECIFIC performance
characteristics arranged in levels
indicating the degree to which a
standard has been met.
Components of a Rubric
Dimensions are generally referred to as criteria,
“State Objective or Performance”
the rating scale as levels,
“Beginning, Developing, Accomplished, Exemplary”
and definitions as descriptors.
Three good reasons to use rubrics
1. Rubrics make judging more clear,
consistent, and equitable.
2. Rubrics raise the quality of work produce.
3. Rubrics save time.
(judges, teaching and learning)
When a rubric is given at the time a project starts,
youth immediately know what is expected of them.
How are Rubrics Used in 4-H?
Florida: State Fair Educational Posters ( 7 years)
Photography, Posters, Filmmaking (5 years)
Market Beef/Swine (NEW Hardee County)
Hardee County Rubric
• 2012 POW
• 2013 POW
• Life Skills
• Judging Sheets
Advantages of Rubrics in 4-H
1. Leaders can use rubric as tool for guiding
4-H’ers in completing quality work.
1. Rubric allows for self-evaluation ~gives 4-H’ers
clearer understanding of what they need to do
to be successful.
2. Rubric virtually removes subjectivity often
present in alternative assessment techniques.
2. Accuracy Blue Ribbon
3. Leaders Red Ribbon
Requirements + Rubric = Mirror
Perfect Grade Requires Perfect
Who did it?
7 year old vs. 18 year old
Other Rubrics Planned
Steps in Rubric Development
Create grid to match
criteria with levels
Describe levels of success,
Weigh criteria based
on the relative importance.
Determine the best rubric type
Identify criteria based on learning objectives
Make Your Own Rubric
4-H Project Evaluation
Record Book Evaluation
4-H Story Evaluation or Scoring
- Using the books at the table; create a simple
rubric of criteria and categories levels.
- Use any website to create it.
- Using the blank matrix on the table and samples to
create a rubric of the project book, story or record
book at the table.
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Conference Proceedings AACE Martonia Gaskill, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Nebraska Lincoln Dept. of Teaching, Learning and Teacher
Education Matthew Kutscher, Ph.D. University of Nebraska Lincoln Dept. of
Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
Presented at 2014 Southern Regional Biennial Conference.
Charleston, SC. by Georgene Bender, and Heather Kent, Regional
Specialized Agents. University of Florida IFAS / Extension 4-H Youth