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Using Rubrics to Evaluate Student Work

A rubric is a scoring tool that gives assessment-literate educators and students accurate information about current performance as well as feedback on how to improve. A rubric is more sophisticated than a checklist; it also articulates gradations of quality for each criterion.

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View the video below for an explanation of rubric basics:

Creating and Judging Rubrics External Link(Run time: 2:54)

Source: Kansas State Department of Education 2013



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Scoring selected-response assessments is straightforward; answers are either correct or incorrect. On the other hand, scoring constructed-response assessments, such as essays and performance tasks, requires a scoring rubric. Recall from Unit 2 that performance tasks were introduced and you analyzed some Smarter Balanced sample items that included rubrics.


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Select the icon to read the definition of Performance Tasks.