Creating Effective Rubrics

In plant breeding education, there are numerous objectives that require students to perform or produce something.  For these situations, multiple choice testing methods are not appropriate.  Some other method is needed to validly and reliably assess the performance or product.  Rubrics can help you do this.  Besides helping you determine a grade or level of performance, rubrics can clearly communicate expectations to students and help them focus on the most important aspects.

Creating a rubric is simple.  You need to do three things:

  1. List the criteria that you will use to judge the quality of a students’ performance or product.
  2. Develop a rating scale.  Each level on the rating scale can be equated to a number of points that will be awarded.
  3. Describe each rating for each criteria.

Rubrics are organized like this:

  Rating Level #1 Rating Level #2
Criteria #1 Description of student performance or product that will be given a rating level of #1 on criteria #1. Description of student performance or product that will be given a rating level of #2 on criteria #1.
Criteria #2 Description of student performance or product that will be given a rating level of #1 on criteria #2. Description of student performance or product that will be given a rating level of #2 on criteria #2.

There is no set number of criteria or rating levels.  The number of rows and columns for your rubric should be based the specific performance or assignment in question.

Would you like to know more about rubrics and how to create them?  The University of Colorado Denver Center for faculty development has an excellent online tutorial.  You can complete the tutorial in about 30 minutes.There is no set number of criteria or rating levels.  The number of rows and columns for your rubric should be based the specific performance or assignment in question.

http://www.ucdenver.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/center-for-faculty-development/Documents/Tutorials/Rubrics/index.htm

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