Follow the Yellow Brick Rubric!

Rubrics are prevalent with teachers as a way of setting the rules for an assignment as well as a method of grading the projects assigned.  According to Merriam Webster, a rubric is defined as “a guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects, or tests”.   They are often used to teach as well as evaluate.  One of the problems is that rubrics can be time consuming to develop. 

Evaluation rubrics have one or more criteria that illustrate the work that should be done and the point value of each.  It allows students to know beforehand exactly what the terms of the project is as well as how it will be evaluated and graded. 

Rubistar is an excellent website that provides both custom and template based rubric patterns that will allow you to tailor it to your project.  It is easy to search for rubrics by keyword or by the pertinent subject.  Once you create the rubric, it only takes a few easy steps to save it making it a “permanent” part of the file of rubrics available. 

RubiStar is available free of charge. All you have to do is go to the website, sign up, follow the brief tutorial and start creating your rubrics.

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