This page contains some sample rubrics used for a variety of assessments. Feel free to use and modify to help your students learn.
For more about rubrics, see Sophie Sparrow, "Describing the Ball: Improve Teaching by Using Rubrics - Explicit Grading Criteria," 2004 Michigan State Law Review 1. [Read the article.]
See below for sample rubrics.
A rubric is a set of detailed written criteria used to assess student performance. Some rubrics are very detailed and used to score student performance, others are more generic and can be given to students in advance to show how their work will be evaluated. Rubrics can be used for almost any variety of assessment, including papers, exams, portfolios, clinics, documents, group work, graphics, and presentations. They can be used for formative (ungraded) assessments, as well as summative (graded) assessments and self-assessments.
Feel free to use and modify the sample rubrics below to help your students learn.
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5 Advantages to Using Rubrics
- They provide guidance for students about what skills, knowledge and values are important for them to be learning, as these are the ones they will be graded on.This avoids the problem of a student not doing well because the student focused on a different task. For example, a student works really hard on an assignment thinking that the most important aspect of the document was describing the law, when applying the facts to the law was worth at least 50% of the assignment. Giving criteria in advance will not ensure students perform better, but it does direct their efforts more effectively.
- They provide students with valuable feedback. Instead of getting a "B" students learn where their strengths and weaknesses are.
- They support teachers' focusing on important learning objectives. By naming explicit criteria used to judge student performance, teachers are more likely to focus their teaching on the knowledge, skills and values they find important enough to assess.
- They greatly improve consistency in grading - teachers who use a detailed rubric are more likely to be consistent with each new student performance they assess.
- They are efficient. Rubrics may take time to develop, but once created, they make the grading and feedback process much more efficient.
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- Rubric (Curcio) (92 KB PDF)
- Assessment for General Practice (Gonzaga) (23 KB Word | 47 KB PDF) [added 10/5/2011]
- Competencies Chart (Sparrow) (37 KB Word | 57 KB PDF)
- Initial Client Interview, 2010 (Gonzaga) (16 KB Word | 39 KB PDF) [added 10/5/2011]
- Performance Competencies Rubric (Sparrow) (66 KB Word | 27 KB PDF)
Legal Skills I
- Citation Rubric (UNH Law) (63 KB Word | 26 KB PDF)
- Competencies Chart (UNH Law) (33 KB Word | 55 KB PDF)
Legal Skills II
- Citation Rubric (UNH Law) (49 KB Word | 26 KB PDF)
- Persuasive Memo Rubric (UNH Law) (67 KB Word | 86 KB PDF)
- Course Alignment Matrix (UNH Law) (39 KB Word | 45 KB PDF)
- Standard Rubric (UNH Law) (67 KB Word | 38 KB PDF)
- Rubric (Hess) (16 KB Word | 34 KB PDF) [added 10/5/2011]
- Skills Rubric (UNH Law) (66 KB Word | 86 KB PDF)
- Final Exam Grading Rubric-Content, 2010 (Sparrow) (38 KB Word | 71 KB PDF)
- Final Exam Grading Rubric-Content, 2011 (Sparrow) (45 KB Word | 116 KB PDF)
- Final Exam Grading Rubric-Fillin Form, 2010 (Sparrow) (34 KB Word | 19 KB PDF)
- Final Exam Grading Rubric-Fillin Form, 2011 (Sparrow) (43 KB Word | 93 KB PDF)
- Scoring Rubric (Sparrow) (34 KB Word | 19 KB PDF)
- Team Assessment Rubric-Damages Group Presentation (Sparrow) (39 KB Word | 87 KB PDF)
- Final Exam Grading Rubric-Content (Sparrow) (42 KB Word | 129 KB PDF)
- Final Exam Grading Rubric-Content/Skills (Sergienko) (32 KB Word | 48 KB PDF) [added 10/5/2011]
- Group Presentation Rubric (Sparrow) (42 KB Word | 99 KB PDF)
- Rubric (33 KB Word | 89 KB PDF)
- Team Assessment 1-Map (Sparrow) (31 KB Word | 73 KB PDF)