Rubrics Part 8: Writing Rubric Level Descriptions

In a previous rubrics post, Rubrics: Parts and Pieces, I discussed the various parts of a rubric, including: levels, criteria, and success descriptors.  Today, I’ll look closely at success descriptors. Success descriptors are the text within the cells of the rubric.  They describe what success looks like at any given level.  They can also be called level … Continue reading Rubrics Part 8: Writing Rubric Level Descriptions

Rubrics Part 7: Points-Based Rubrics

Rubrics fall into two broad evaluation categories: holistic and points-based. Holistic rubrics assign levels to student performance on various criteria. This approach is more subjective, produces fewer accurate results and does not integrate well with percentage-based reporting systems. Points-based rubric systems also use a leveling approach to assessment. However, in these rubrics points are assigned … Continue reading Rubrics Part 7: Points-Based Rubrics

Rubrics Part 6: Developing Rubric Criteria

Recall from Rubrics Part 1: Parts and Pieces, that the rows of a rubric contain the concepts on which students are assessed. Including relevant criteria will ensure that your rubric is meaningful to students and well-aligned to your curriculum. A mix of curriculum items and additional requirements often produces the best results. Curriculum Items Curriculum items … Continue reading Rubrics Part 6: Developing Rubric Criteria

Rubrics Part 5: Setting up the Levels

In this post, I’ll talk about a couple of ways that you can make your rubrics more student friendly and a little more consistent. First, let’s discuss the order in which the levels appear.  Some districts and organizations lay out their rubrics with lower levels on the left and higher levels on the right.  The … Continue reading Rubrics Part 5: Setting up the Levels

Rubrics Part 4: The Course Development Process

Rubrics are an integrated part of an assessment system and must be accounted for in the development process.  Whether you are working in a traditional classroom or creating online courses, rubrics must not be left until the end of course development. Points Rubrics at Virtualhighschool.com and Hekademia use a custom points scheme to determine the score of … Continue reading Rubrics Part 4: The Course Development Process

Reflections on the Brightspace Regional User Forum

Thanks to all the attendees of my rubrics presentation at the Brightspace Regional User Forum.  I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.  I know I was struck by the professional and collegial atmosphere in the session and at the conference in general. Allow me to review a few topics we discussed at … Continue reading Reflections on the Brightspace Regional User Forum

Rubrics at the Brightspace Regional User Forum

This Friday, September 19th, I am attending the Brightspace Regional User Forum in Burlington, Ontario.  I am leading the “Designing and Building Rubrics with Brightspace” seminar. The tentative agenda for the seminar includes: Demonstration of rubrics at Virtualhighschool.com.  5min Description of the Brightspace rubric tool, its capabilities and its limitations. 5min Walk-through of how to … Continue reading Rubrics at the Brightspace Regional User Forum

Rubrics Part 3: When to Use a Rubric

Detroit Lions’ franchise quarterback, Matthew Stafford, had a troubling campaign in 2013.  Despite promising rookie and sophomore seasons, Stafford struggled with footwork and passing mechanics, and at times, had trouble reading defenses and adjusting plays at the line of scrimmage. In response, the Lions have hired veteran QB coach, Jim Bob Cooter, to mentor Stafford. … Continue reading Rubrics Part 3: When to Use a Rubric

Rubrics Part 2: Aligning Rubrics to a Percentage-Based Grading Scheme

Teachers have to cope with a mountain of marking.  Incorporating rubrics into the marking workflow can be challenging.  The levels of traditional rubrics are often overly-broad, poorly aligned to percentage-based grading systems, and vague in the 100% to 80% range.  Aligning rubric levels with existing percentage-based grading schemes is a great way to improve the … Continue reading Rubrics Part 2: Aligning Rubrics to a Percentage-Based Grading Scheme

Rubrics Part 1: Parts and Pieces

Rubrics are the nexus of curriculum objectives, assessment, and instruction.  Any discrepancies in the planning of these 3 major fields will become apparent in the rubric when it is time to evaluate the student. Consequently, creating a meaningful rubric is a challenging task for even the most skilled educator. Hekademia and Virtual High School put a great deal … Continue reading Rubrics Part 1: Parts and Pieces