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Assessing Learning with Rubrics

Rubrics are a tool for scoring assessment in a consistent manner based on criteria that demonstrates varying degrees of understanding or mastery.  Northern Illinois University describes a rubric as “an explicit set of criteria used for assessing a particular type of work or performance and provides more details than a single grade or mark” (2012). 

Rubrics may be used as a tool to make grading more efficient, improve consistency, limit grader or instructor bias, and provide more explicit feedback to students.