Educational Effectiveness and Institutional Research


A Scoring Rubric - Three Dimensions

A scoring rubric is an assessment tool with three dimensions:

  • The first dimension involves a identifying a rating scale that describes levels of achievement.  The rating scale may be numerical (using numbers to define a scale), qualitative (using words to describe levels), or both. 
  • The second dimension lists criteria for the assignment to be scored.
  • The third dimension provides the description for each criteria and level within the rating scale.  The criteria descriptions provide the standards defined for each performance level. 

It is the combination of these dimensions that assists a scorer to define the level of a student’s performance.

Sample Rubrics

  • This analytic grading rubric was used by faculty to score undergraduate student papers in May 2006. The purpose of the scoring was to assess students' levels of achievement in three of CLU's Student Learning Outcomes: Written Communication, Information Literacy, and Critical Thinking.
  • Visit California Lutheran University’s Student Learning Outcomes page to find sample rubrics.

Creating a Rubric Online

Try RubiStar, a tool to help instructors create a rubric. A design template provides a generic rubric that can be customized using criteria for oral and written projects and assignments in many disciplines. Choose your criteria and the text for achievement levels is provided. The rubric chart can be copied into a Word document and further customized.
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