On Rubrics

Rubrics are not only helpful for teachers assessing student learning, but can also be a tool for students to track, improve, and take ownership of their knowledge and skill sets!


As a department, we got together to discuss what we found was important when creating rubrics. Here is a webinar about how to make purposeful, consistent, rubrics that match your learning outcomes:



Here is an example of how to make rubrics (or as Marzano calls them, scales) and appropriate learning goals for students. A Florida school system adapted information from Marzano’s books and put them into a pamphlet. This document includes reasons why rubrics are important for assessing learning objectives, Marzano’s ideas on the best way to set up rubrics, examples for both elementary and high school classes, and a plethora of charts to inspire your rubric language.


Here’s an article about the importance of teacher collaboration when composing rubrics, and how teachers can come together to create effective rubrics across curriculum:

“If we must grade students’ work, standards-based grading is better than traditional grading. To use rubrics and grading scales in an evidence-driven way, however, teachers must negotiate with each other about what evidence they will tolerate at each level of performance.”


Finally, this is a book takes what we already think or know about rubrics, and proposes solutions to make our rubrics more effectively aligned with district standards and our classes’ learning standards:

“The ‘fixes’ are in four categories that reflect common grading challenges: distorted achievement, low-quality or poorly organized evidence, inappropriate grade calculation and linking grades more closely to student learning. Student achievement isn’t only about ‘doing the work’ or accumulating points... Grades are artifacts of learning, and students need to receive grades that reflect what they’ve actually learned. That’s why this book advocates the implementation of grading systems based strictly on student achievement — and shows educators how to create them.”