What is a rubric?
A rubric is a useful scoring tool to evaluate complex, imprecise or subjective aspects. It can be used to set up grading criteria for assignments and also, provide formative feedback to support and guide ongoing learning efforts, or both.
A case study is explained below in order to see its possibilities:
Rubric case study
Suppose that always value of 10 and want to create a rubric to assess Literacy competencies in our Literature group.
Enter in Settings and select Rubrics setup. Then, to create a new rubric, press over + button. In the popup window we type the name of the rubric and assign the number of columns and rows according to the assessable content.
You also need to define the Type of result of our rubric: Sum, percentage or Average. Set the columns' width, the height of the rows and choose if you want to use the same weight on them (that have the same percentage weight).
In this case, we want that it have:
- 4 columns and 3 rows
- Type of result Average
- Deactivate Use the same percentage in the rows option
- Deactivate Use the rubric’s max value option and assign the 10 value
Once pressed Save button, a table will appear which you will have to complete the fields defining into each row the appropriate title, mark, description and percentage:
- The column on the left hand corresponds to the standards of learning, ie learning objectives (what you want your students’ to acquire / learn).
- The column on the top center: allows to define the indicators to show what level of acquisition / learning has been achieved in a given standard of learning. In addition, to identify them more visually, they are shown in a gradient from green to red, green being the best and red the worst.
- Central cells: allows to describe each level of execution or performance (descriptors).
Once you have configured the rubric with all fields, save all the changes pressing OK.
You can also delete columns and rows with a long click over column/row title if you are using Apps versions or pressing a mouse right-click from the Web version.
Then you can assign it into a column of our Literature group. We create a new column to assess Literacy competencies, in Mark type we press over the Rubrics tab in order to select from the list the rubric that we have previously created and finally, press over Save.
If you now click on the cell of the first student, you will see the rubric assigned to this column, so that you can attribute the grade for each student clicking on each box, that it will be highlighted with the corresponding color of the color bar.
Once selected the descriptors, you will see that in the column appears the final grade that students have obtained in this activity.
To get the final grade according the weight percentage of exams and exercises of the term, create a new column with the Mark type Calculated Formula, select the Weighted average fx function and apply the percentage on each column (See tutorial: How to use fx functions).
NOTE: In the example described below, we haven’t activated Use the rubric’s max value. Let’s suppose that we activate it, in our case the Literacy competencies column will do the calculations with the maximum score of 4, which is the highest note of the indicators. But before obtaining the final notes of the first term, we have to find the equivalent of the rubric notes of the maximum value of 10. To do this, create a column with Calculated formula to apply on it the formula that you see in the image:
NOTE: Once created and assigned the rubric in a column you can not change the number of rows and columns configured. The reason is that changes could affect to previous records. In this case, the solution would be duplicate it, apply the appropriate changes and re-assign.