Core Studies

Rubrics – A Selection of Helpful Sites

“Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.”  – John Tukey (Annals of Math Stat, 1962, V33, p1-67)

While not rubrics per se, the Institutional Effectiveness Checklists (pp. 18-22) within this PDF file can be very helpful in terms of assessing the scope of assessment!

Many people like the notion of four scoring levels, which approximate four years of college or four grades above failing.

This is a tool for evaluating assessment plans/reports.

This is a rubric for evaluating student participation, using both positive and negative attributes.

This is a matrix for evaluating an institution’s assessment culture.

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a frequent source for differentiation and categorization of verbs used to define and assess student learning. This is a great site on Bloom’s.

Lots of rubrics & assessments for K-12

Examples of evaluation scales/rubrics for various student and faculty activities.

Create rubrics for various topics.

This is a good example set for how a rubric can be formulated to help students self assess. The rubrics are on Traits of an Effective Reader.

“RubiStar is a free tool to help a teacher make quality rubrics.” Great site!

This one has a lot of links, a number of which are broken. The examples come from both post-secondary and K-12 sources, with a focus on assignment rubrics. Includes Rubric instructions for “How to Score a Rubric on a Computer Using Any Decent Database” and “Assessment of Electronic Portfolios.”

Within this site, there are some enticing links: Creating a Rubric and Rubric Template, Custom Rubric Generator, and The Rubric Machine.

This new site expands on Stevens and Levi’s Introduction to Rubrics. It shows several rubrics, but also invites readers to share their own rubrics and join in online discussions of rubrics. The authors are faculty at Portland State University and their e-mail addresses are listed.

Check out the new SAT Writing sample. The site offers both a sample prompt and the Scoring Guide (rubric). What kind of rubric is it?

Additional Text: Failure of the General Education Curriculum

Additional text: Toward a Core Curriculum for College Students