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Exploring the Parts of a Rubric

Let’s explore the parts of a rubric using an example titled, “Chocolate Chunk Cookies.” As you review the rubric, notice the following:

The row headings name the criteria to judge chocolate chunk cookie quality:

  • Chocolate Chunk Balance
  • Texture
  • Color/Appearance
  • Taste

The column headings identify the levels of quality with numerical values:

  • Poor (1)
  • Fair (2)
  • Good (3)

In the body of the table are the descriptors. For example the descriptor for a cookie with good texture is “chewy, soft, very few crumbs.”

Here's how the completed rubric looks:

                                                        Chocolate Chunk Cookie Rubric



(1 point)


(2 points)


(3 points)

Chocolate Chunk Balance

Chunks in 50% of bites

Chunks in 75% of bites

Chunks in every bite


Very crumbly, requires napkin, crumbs all over my clothes

Few crumbs fall onto my lap

Chewy, soft very few crumbs


Burnt, black, very unappetizing and unappealing

Golden brown, but uneven coloring

Even golden brown coloring


Stale (I’d feed it to my neighbor’s dog)

Acceptable (I’ll eat it if I’m bored)

Delicious (I want more)

While the Chocolate Chunk Cookie rubric is not an exemplary one, it shows how the necessary parts of rubric can be organized and used. Many assessment literate educators have used a similar exercise to introduce their students to rubrics in a fun and non-threatening way.


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