Rubrics may be used as a teaching tool and as an authentic assessment tool. Students are more likely to perform well if they know in advance what constitutes quality. When students receive rubrics beforehand, they understand how they will be evaluated which will lead them to assess their works-in-progress and guide revision.

As an assessment tool, they provide students with informative feedback about their strengths and areas in need of improvement.

The advantages to the teacher are that rubrics help clarify assignment expectations, reduce repetitive questions from students, improve consistency in grading, decrease the time spent writing comments on student papers, and improve communication with tutors and parents.
Tips for using in the classroom:

  • Give copies to the students at the beginning of the assignment. Discuss the expectations.
  • Have students assess their own progress by referring to the rubric. Allow students to revise their work.
  • Use the rubrics for peer-assessment.
  • Share the rubrics with parents.
  • Use the rubrics for grading

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