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Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics

Whether you’re new to rubrics, or you just don’t know their formal names, it may be time for a primer on rubric terminology. So let’s talk about rubrics for a few minutes. What we’re going to do here is describe two frequently used kinds of rubrics, holistic and analytic, plus a less common one called the single-point rubric (my favorite, for the record). For each one, we’ll look at an example, explore its pros and cons, and provide a blank template you can use to create your own. Off we go! Holistic Rubrics A holistic rubric is the most general…

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Meet the Single Point Rubric

…a teacher and App developer. I’ve developed an Android app called Rubric Scorer, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apps.ips.rubricscorer. I really liked readying about single point rubrics and was wondering if there were any online scoring programs to support single point rubrics. I was thinking I may develop an Android App for scoring and giving feedback for single point rubrics, but thought I’d see what the interest would be in this. Thanks. Nate Merrill Hello all. I (and many of my fellow teachers) have been eagerly using the single-point-rubric in our classrooms. It has improved the communication with students about their progress. As our district…

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Episode 117: Rubric Repair

…them to have. And the teacher could have already drafted the rubric, but now they say, they’re able to grab the language from the students that they came up with and put it into the rubric, and also what’s really powerful is then to link these examples to the rubric itself. So oftentimes, again, we perseverate about the language we use, distinctly, clearly, and when the kids experience it, they have rubric fatigue. They’ve gotten rubrics all day, all year, their whole career, and they all start to look the same. GONZALEZ: Right. WISE: And so while we are really…

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How to Turn Rubric Scores into Grades

…this is what it looks like for me. For a 100-point assignment, I might distribute points as follows, adding them right into the rubric with a space for inserting the student’s score when the task has been graded:   Step 3: Share the Rubric with Students Ahead of Time This part is crucial. Even if students are not included in the development of the rubric itself, it’s absolutely vital to let them study that rubric before they ever complete the assignment. The rubric loses most of its value if students aren’t aware of it until the work is already done,…

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Rubric Repair: 5 Changes that Get Results

…5. Models, Models, Models! When we design rubrics, we tend to pore over their construction. We perseverate over the language we use (“should I say ‘clearly.’.. or ‘distinctly’?”), repeatedly delete rows or columns, and painstakingly choose fonts. From the student perspective, they experience the rubric differently. After being introduced to the rubric at the start of the project, the next time students typically see it is when it is returned, replete with circled boxes, teacher comments, and a final grade attached. Understandably, many students suffer from “rubric fatigue,” a condition caused by encountering a series of disconnected rubrics across subject…

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Speed Up Grading with Rubric Codes

…would rubric codes work for a single point rubric? Debbie Sachs Hi Kyle! This is Debbie, a Customer Experience Manager with CoP. Rubric codes can absolutely work with the single-point rubric. I’d check out the post How To Turn Rubric Scores into Grades. There you’ll see how to assign points to a single-point rubric. The same concept can be used to assign rubric codes. For example, in the post you’ll see there are 3 criteria under Structure. You could assign the codes S1, S2, S3, or whatever you think would work best. I’d definitely give it a try! Tyler Rablin…

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Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback

…tried this with students, I put the following directions up on the board when I returned the essays: Read over your whole essay, including what you wrote and my comments. Write THREE observations based on your reading and TWO follow-up questions to discuss with me at our conference. Ask about comments, how to improve things, how to do things differently, etc. Use the rubric (posted online) to grade yourself. Be ready to discuss all of this. I now incorporate these instructions into the student copy of the rubric. Below is one page of that rubric, which includes the reflection section….

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How to Create a Project Based Learning Lesson

…than assessment of learning. What this also means is that each benchmark will likely only be assessed using 2-3 rows from your (very large!) rubric.  You can see which rows of the rubric were used for which benchmarks in the “Silent voices” project by looking at the far left column on the project rubric (link in previous section). These benchmark numbers dictate what the smaller rubrics will look like for grading each deliverable (since, remember from my note in step 4, we will never use this entire rubric at once!). So for example, benchmark #3’s rubric would include the following…

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How Accurate Are Your Grades?

…them the grade the rubric shows. I would love to hear your opinions and ideas on rubrics and how they can be leveraged to provide more complete and useful information to students as well as more practical approaches to rubric creation. Debbie Sachs Hi! Thanks so much for sharing. If you haven’t already, check out Jenn’s posts Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics and especially, Meet the #SinglePointRubric. You may also want to take a look at the resources on her Assessment & Feedback Pinterest board to see if you find anything relevant to your needs. Jennifer L….

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