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Evaluation Rubrics 16 November, 2011

Dr. Jey Kesavan Veerasamy
Dr. Jayashree Shinde

Dr. Jayashree Shinde, Head I/C, Department of Educational Technology, SNDT Women’s University lead the Weekly Discussion through A-VIEW on 16th November 2012 with her talk on “Evaluation Rubrics”.

Performance based assessment

In practice, most evaluation methods are theoretical.

Performance based assessment measures how ready a student is for the real world. It helps educators ensure not only the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitude by the learners, but also check the real life application of these attributes.

Evaluation Rubric

Evaluation Rubric is an instrument used to measure the performance of a learner.

It provides an authentic and specific feedback to the learner. Evaluation Rubric allows evaluation against a few criteria and also provides a range of performance indicators on which a learner can be placed.

Characteristics of Evaluation Rubrics

  • Learners get a proper idea of all elements of expected performance.
  • Rubric gives idea of all possible levels of a given competency/ skill.
  • Achieves objectivity in learner evaluation to a great extent.
  • Helps learners in self evaluation.
  • Helps qualitative evaluation of soft-skills.
  • Higher order thinking processes, individual and group learning processes can be analised effectively.

Examples of Evaluation Rubrics

Rubrics for evalution of Discussion forum activity

Criteria Exceptional (4) Very Good (3) Acceptable (2) Needs Improvement (1)
Association Clear associations are made to prior or current or real experiences in all responses. Clear association made but lack depth or details in 70-80% responses. Vague/ unclear with association in 50-60% responses. No associations are made to prior/ current or real experience in 50% or more of the Responses.
Uniqueness Completely new idea or perspectives or deduction (in all responses) Some new idea or perspectives or deductions. (in at least 70-80% responses) Few new idea or perspectives or deductions. (in at least 50-60% responses) “I agree with” statement included in the response in less than half responses (in 40% or less responses)
Attitude towards other participants comment Postings and responses are respectful in tone. Postings and responses are mostly respectful in tone Postings and responses boarders on disrespect and sarcasm Postings and responses are not respectful in tone

Rubrics for evalution of Group-Work

 Beginning Score 0-1 Developing Score 2-3 Accomplished Score 4-5
Co-operative group work The group could not work with others in most situation or share decisions or responsibilities. Some difficulty was in communicating ideas and taking responsibility. Communicated ideas with enthusiasm and took interchanging leadership roles.
Group Cohesiveness The group was not at all cohesive The group was cohesive to some extent. The group was very cohesive and enjoyed working as a team.
Group Task handling The group could not handle the tasks well and did not help each other in tasks. The group did a fairly good job in handling the task, and helped each other to some extent, but only when asked to. The group handled the tasks very well and helped each other for doing task, even without asking for it.
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How to develop an Evaluation Rubric

  • 1. Identify criteria to assess.
  • 2. For each criterion, Create indicators for each scale point
  • 3. Organize the levels of criteria from the most important to least important.
  • 4. Describe the best, lowest and intermediate levels of grades
  • 5. Name the grades
    • Outstanding, good, acceptable, marginal, unacceptable...
    • Excellent, competent, novice
  • 6. Now write the descriptions of categories.

Now the Rubric is ready.

Online Rubric Creation

Try products like Rubistar and Rcampus to create Rubrics online.

Around 26 universities including Punjab Technical University, Avinashlingam Univ and IIT Kharagpur attended the discussion.

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