What are they and how do I use them?
Bryant & Stratton strives to focus student learning by connecting relevant tasks with workplace readiness. “Student performances can be defined as targeted tasks that lead to a product or overall learning outcome.”
Thus, “performance-based tasks require performance-based assessments in which the actual student performance is assessed through a product, such as a completed project or work that demonstrates levels of task achievement.”
Rubrics can provide valuable information about the degree to which a student has achieved a clearly defined learning outcome based on specific criteria that defined the framework for evaluation.
What is a Rubric?
A rubric is a learning tool for the student and an assessment tool for the instructor; articulating the expectations for assignments, they outline criteria and levels of quality. A description of performance quality gives students a clear understanding of what must be done to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency or understanding. It removes instructor bias, but still gives an instructor a bit of flexibility when grading.
Why we use rubrics
Rubrics help instructors:
- Provide students with feedback that is clear and focused on ways to improve learning
- Demystify expectations on assignments so students can focus on the work instead of guessing “what the teacher wants”
- Adapt their approach to teaching aspects of a course based on thematic gaps in student learning that are easily identified by reviewing rubrics across a class
- Develop consistency in how you evaluate student learning across and throughout a class
- Reduce time spent on grading; Increasing time on teaching
Rubrics help students:
- Focus their efforts on completing assignments in line with clearly set expectations
- Self and peer-reflect on their learning, making informed changes to achieve the desired learning level
- Become aware of and responsible for their own improvement and learning