Introduction to rubrics

Rubrics are a means of accountability for student learning and a way for students to understand how to meet the standard.

School-wide rubrics
are developed as part of the NEASC accreditation process. Please use the school-wide rubrics as they are presented. Student work for the portfolio should be accompanied by one of the school-wide rubrics.

Classroom rubrics are developed in each content area. Classroom teachers may adapt any of these classroom rubrics to the specific needs of the content area, to the lesson of the day or to the student. Teachers are encouraged to allow student participation in the development of classroom rubrics.

One strong suggestion made during the creation and collection of school-wide rubrics was to use the same terms for and the same number of columns for the range. The school-wide rubrics have been adjusted to this: four columns with these four terms in this order: exceeds standards, meets standards, partially meets, and does not meet.*

More information:

What is a rubric:

Common advantages and disadvantages of rubrics types:

Steps to creating a scoring rubric:

Variety of subject specific rubrics:

Models for all rubrics are an important part of the process. Collection of and display of models is a next step in the use of rubrics. Please consider keeping models for each level of your rubrics. Request students sign and date their work and give you permission to use their work online. Students may give their work a Creative Commons copyright to allow future use.

* The Essential questions rubric is not for meeting a standard but for showing developmental levels: Exemplary, high, medium, and low.