Rubrics & Criteria

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Preassessment: Indicate your current level of comfort with rubrics.
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What is a rubric? Why use them?

First things first: What is a rubric? Why might we want to use one in our assessment and in our teaching?

In this module we address these two key questions as well as pre-assess your understanding of the topic.
VIDEO: Grant Gives an Overview of Rubrics (1:12)
Let's Get Started: What is a rubric?
Rubrics: An Overview
VIDEO: Rubrics Part 1 - A Narrated Powerpoint (11:16)
VIDEO: Why use rubrics? A Self-Assessment Example (1:51)
Module on Criteria from UbD Design Guide
A rubric must have....
Rubrics- Defined, Explained, Samples
Funny Example Rubric
Longitudinal Swimming Rubric
Response to Math EQ Rubric
Longitudinal Rubric for ELL
Worksheets for Rubrics
Making Meaning: Forum Writing Activity
What criteria should we use in our rubrics?

As the module question suggests, a key decision to make in rubric design and use is: which criteria make the most sense, given an assessment? What criteria are implied by each Competency? How general or specific should a rubric be? How many rubrics should we use? etc.

In this module we take you through these key decisions and help you improve your skills in addressing them.
Rubrics Part 2- Narrated Powerpoint
VIDEO: Rubrics Part 2- Narrated Powerpoint (27:49)
Trait Specific Rubrics to Mix and Match
VIDEO: Overview of an 8th Grade Performance Assessment (0:45)
Rubric for UNDP Task - Presentations
Rubric for UNDP Task - Problem Solving
VIDEO: Ecuador - 8th Grade Team in the UNDP simulation (12:51)
Survey and Performance Results: UNDP Project
Making Meaning: Forum Writing Activity
What kinds of criteria should we use?

Deciding which types of criteria to use in assessing performance is always a challenging judgment call: there are criteria related to the impact of performance, the processes used, the workmanship, and the accuracy of the content; yet, we can't have too many rubrics of too many types because it is not feasible.

In this module you will learn about the different kinds of criteria to consider in performance assessment; gain advice, practice, and skill in determining which to use and how to streamline rubrics to the least criteria for the most validity, and gain practice in recognizing and designing with the different types.

Which criteria should we select?
VIDEO: Rubrics Part 3- Narrated PowerPoint (13:47)
VIDEO: Segment from a Socratic Seminar (5:02)
Class Participation Rubric
Rubric for the 6 Facets of Understanding
Making Meaning: Forum Writing Activity
What is a valid rubric?

Rubrics are now widely used - but many of them, alas, are not valid. What must be considered in designing rubrics and choosing criteria and indicators, to ensure validity? What are the hallmarks of a sound rubric?

In this module you will learn how to write as well as recognize valid (and invalid) rubrics.
Rubrics Part 4- Narrated PowerPoint
Literary Strategies Use Rubric
Literary Analysis Rubric
San Diego Writing Rubrics
VIDEO: Geometry Headquarters Project Classroom Case Study (8:09)
Unit Overview of Geometry Headquarters Project
Self Check- What is an appropriate rubric?
What's the relation between rubrics & assessment tasks?

How and when is a rubric for a specific task drafted and revised? Does the task come before or after in the rubric-design process? As the latter question suggests, there is a multi-step and sometimes counter-intuitive process to developing a performance assessment.

In this module you will learn about and apply a back-and-forth process for ensuring that the performance assessment and its rubric are valid.
Rubrics Part 5- Narrated PowerPoint
VIDEO: Grant Discusses Performance Tasks (2:31)
Authentic vs. Typical Task
VIDEO: 5th Grade Performance Task Example (6:17)
Rubric for 5th Grade Performance Task
Unit Plan for 5th Grade Unit
VIDEO: 5th Grade Performance Task Debrief (4:45)
Task Sampler
Sample Math Performance Task
Self Check- What is a performance task?
Making Meaning: Forum Writing Activity
What is good feedback?

The educational value of using rubrics, of course, is to make the performance expectations and criteria transparent for students, thereby making it more likely that students can improve performance and meet our goals. All of this depends upon the student receiving excellent feedback and opportunities to use it.

What is good feedback? How does feedback differ from praise - Good job! - or advice? How should not only our rubrics but our use of them help the student get the feedback they need?

In this module you will learn about what feedback is, what it isn't, and how to become a better feedback giver (and receiver!)

John Hattie on Feedback
VIDEO: NC Science (1:01)
VIDEO: 1st Grade Mapping (2:04)
VIDEO: Socratic Seminar Case Study (10:14)
On Seminar
Feedback Graphic- Socratic Seminar
Socratic Seminar Group Grading Rubric
Socratic Seminar Sample Rubrics
Making Meaning: Forum Writing Activity
Extra: Grant Wiggins on Formative Assessment
How should we use rubrics in a world of grading? How should we not use rubrics in grading?

Once you start working with rubrics you begin to see a great challenge: giving student the feedback they need but doing so in a way that works with the grading system. How should rubric scores be 'translated' into grades? Are there times when scores should not be graded? How do we turn scores from multiple rubrics into single-letter grades? etc,

In this module you will come away with a clearer understanding of how to blend the power of rubrics with your grading systems, without compromising the formative value of rubric use.
VIDEO: Grant Discusses Rubrics and Giving Grades (1:12)
Meaning Making: Forum Writing Activity
Looking back and moving forward. How should we get started in writing and in using good rubrics?

Consider what you have learned in this course, and identify ways that it will change your practice.
Rubric Self Assessment Checklist
Meaning Making: Forum Writing Activity

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