Rubrics are now one of the most widely used assessment
tools. Their strength is based on the fact that they are able to
provide so much description of desired skills and are therefore
good tools for providing formative feedback to the learner.
here to read what is a rubric?
to read how to design a rubric
Compare these two rubrics which both assess oral
here to have a look at the oral presentation rubric.
- notice the relative lack of description in
- there is some indication of how to assign the
10 marks in each case, but this is very generic
- allowance is made for self-assessment as well
as teacher assessment
Then look at the rubric
for assessing oral communication skills:
Purely in terms of the depth of description this
second rubric is far superior. It is possible that some learners
find this kind of rubric intimidating because it contains too much
text. It would probably be good enough to write just a detailed
description of the required behaviour or skill as shown in the fourth
Both of the above examples assign equal scores
to each criteria. This assumes that they are all equally important.
Ideally one would want to combine the features of both rubrics.
Good assessment tools should ideally, but not exclusively, include:
- clearly described criteria
- clear description of allocation of scores
- weighted scores for more important criteria
- opportunity for self-assessment and teacher
- a comment field
here to see an example of such a rubric.