The following Summary of Steps In Creating a Rubric was created by Dr. Mary Huba, Professor and Student Outcomes Assessment Coordinator Educational Leadership and Policy Studies N243 Lagomarcino Iowa State University Ames, IA 50011 (515)-294-7358 firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Examine the intended learning outcomes you are assessing, as well as the specific assessment task you are assigning (e.g., performance, project, product, portfolio, paper, exhibition, etc.). What do you intend students to know, understand , or be able to do?
2. As you review the intended outcomes, identify the content that must be mastered in order to complete the task well.
3. As you review the intended outcomes, identify skills that must be demonstrated in order to complete the task well.
4. Identify important aspects of the task that may be specific to the context in which the assessment is set.
5. Consider whether the process is achieving the outcome is as important as the outcome itself.
Construction of the Rubric Itself
6. Identify the judging criteria or essential elements that ensure that the outcome will be high in quality. These will become the rows in your rubric. Be sure to include the content, skills, and aspects of the task unidentified in steps-4 above. Include criteria associated with the process of completing the task, if important.
7. Decide on the levels of achievement that you will include as column headings in the rubric.
8. In the cells of the rubric, develop clear descriptions of performance at each achievement level for each essential element of quality. Avoid undefined terms like "significant" or "trivial" or value-laden terms like "excellent" or "poor".
9. Enumerate the consequences of performing at each level of quality and include descriptions of them in the commentary.
10. Decide on a rating scheme that fits in with your grading philosophy and build it into the rubric.