Math teacher Lauren Hobbs describes factors to take into account in designing rubrics and the benefits of having students work together to do a mid-project rubric review, a strategy that can be useful for students in all grades.
In this book chapter, Susan M. Brookhart breaks down what rubrics can be used to assess, the advantages and disadvantages of different types of rubrics, and why rubrics are important. Tracey Muise’s review of Brookhart’s book on MiddleWeb includes specific takeaways for teachers of the middle grades.
Grant Wiggins discusses the ins and outs of creating quality rubrics and suggests that while bad rubrics shut down creativity, good rubrics have the potential to free up student creativity and initiative.
Jennifer Gonzalez has put together an illustrated guide to several different rubric types. For each type, she explains the basic structure, looks at the pros and cons, and offers a blank template that can be downloaded and customized.
The School of the Future in New York develops and uses its own assessment techniques, including unannounced assessments in order to measure student learning at regular intervals. For more insight into how this school uses authentic assessment to provide a window into student learning, check out the video on authentic assessment for humanities, featuring teacher Sarah Kaufmann’s 6th-grade class, and the video on authentic assessment for algebra, featuring teacher Ben Mook’s 7th-grade class.
These rubrics, from an 8th-grade English class at YES Prep North Central, include criteria for evaluating different aspects of a student self-guided project on To Kill a Mockingbird. For more about this school and their mission to send every student to college, check out Edutopia's Schools that Work coverage in “College Bound Culture in Houston.”
Jay Atwood has created a helpful walkthrough of Goobric, a Chrome extension that can be used in conjunction with Doctopus to facilitate the process of scoring student work with rubrics and sharing feedback via Google Drive.