Measurement Tools – Rubrics

A rubric is a scoring tool used to identify levels of performance on a specific task. Each rubric contains levels which apply to specific indicators for each strategy. For each indicator, there is a brief written description of the different levels of performance based on performance criteria. Raters use descriptions to determine the level of accomplishment on each indicator, e.g.: “Emerging”, “Developing”, and “Accomplished”.

Rubrics are used to:

  • Define quality within the area being rated
  • Articulate same target goals for improvement for everyone (consistency)
  • Track change or improvement over time
  • Provide a common set of definitions across all outcomes
  • Lead self assessment and planning

Types of Rubrics

The most commonly used types of rubrics are analytic and holistic. An analytic rubric targets more than one content area. It is used to identify and assess components of a finished product and consider the separate evaluation of multiple factors.

Template for Analytic Rubrics
Beginning
1
Developing
2
Accomplished
3
Exemplary
4
Score
Criteria #1
Description reflecting beginning level of performance Description reflecting movement toward mastery level of performance Description reflecting achievement of mastery level of performance Description reflecting highest level of performance
Criteria #2
Description reflecting beginning level of performance Description reflecting movement toward mastery level of performance Description reflecting achievement of mastery level of performance Description reflecting highest level of performance
Criteria #3
Description reflecting beginning level of performance Description reflecting movement toward mastery level of performance Description reflecting achievement of mastery level of performance Description reflecting highest level of performance
Criteria #4
Description reflecting beginning level of performance Description reflecting movement toward mastery level of performance Description reflecting achievement of mastery level of performance Description reflecting highest level of performance