Rubrics overview

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Rubrics can help instructors communicate their expectations to candidates and ensure consistent and fair grading. Authoring a rubric provides graders with the information they need to grade the question with the same criteria and standards.

A rubric can be used with the following question types: 


Rubrics overview


You can create Rubrics from the Author module, or directly within the Question you are authoring. Rubrics consist of rows (Criteria), columns (Level of performance), and points. 

  • Criteria: can correspond to what knowledge and skills are required for the assessment.
  • Level of performance: can correlate to what candidates are able to demonstrate on an assessment.
  • Maximum Points: are assigned to each criterion and distributed across the levels of performance to provide a score based on the candidate’s work.

By default, rubrics consist of four rows and four columns. You can add, edit, duplicate, or delete the rows/columns as you begin creating your rubrics.

All rubrics allow for comments to be added by graders. 


Candidate experience

In the Design settings, Planners have the option to empower candidates by providing access to the rubric as a valuable resource during the test-taking process.

To learn more about adding a rubric as a resource, visit the Help Center article Design settings in question sets.


Rubrics types

Points-based rubric


With points-based rubrics, each criteria’s Level of Performance is assigned a fixed-point value. Once a Criteria's maximum score is set, points are automatically divided across the number of Levels of performance. The total number of max points determines how many points total the rubric is worth. 

The following limitations apply to point-based rubrics:

  • Points can have up to two decimal places
  • You cannot have a negative point

Points-range rubric


With points range rubrics, a range of points is allocated to each Level of performance. Once a max score is decided on, points are automatically divided across the number of Levels of performance.

Percentage-range rubric


With Percentage-range rubrics, similar to the points-range rubric, each criteria’s Level of performance is assigned a percentage range (eg. Excellent = 50% - 100%), and it is up to the grader to decide the specific percentage to be awarded within that range  Once a maximum percentage is decided on, the percentage ranges are automatically divided across the number of Levels of Performance.

Qualitative rubric


A Qualitative rubric is used to provide feedback and evaluate subjective, non-numerical aspects of candidate performance. It provides clear, specific criteria for evaluating the quality of the work and helps to ensure consistent and fair grading.

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