Rubrics and Effective Grading

Rubrics can be wonderful tools to help you and your students gain clarity around teaching and learning objectives. With a set of solid rubrics in place, grades can be tools to help students self-assess and evaluate their learning and the quality of their work, as well as motivate them. For both students and teachers, grades hold an important position in academic life.

Resources for Developing Successful Rubrics

  • Assessment, Assessment Rubrics and Evaluation Guidelines This webpage contains information about and links to resources for Assessment, Assessment Rubrics and Evaluation Guidelines.
  • Examples of Scoring Rubrics
    This compilation of websites created by the Chancellor's Office has a variety of sites including example rubrics used in different content areas, critical thinking rubrics, rubrics for online instruction, and more.
  • Why Use Rubrics?
    Teach-nology's website offers information on why and how to use rubrics when assessing students.

Resources for Developing Effective Grading Practices

  • Tools for Teaching
    Barbara Gross Davis, University of California, Berkeley identifies the functions of grading, strategies for grading, minimizing student complaints, making use of effective grading tactics and evaluating your grading policies.
  • Resources for Effective Grading
    This site from the University of Illinois Teaching College Faculty Development Program has some suggestions and strategies for developing your grading policies and practices including a link to information on the Top 10 Grading Errors.
  • Evaluation Issues
    This information from the Center for Teaching and Learning at UNC-Chapel Hill provides information on relative and absolute grading systems as well as some general information on grading issues.