What is a Rubric?

A rubric can be defined as a scoring scale used to assess student performance along a task-specific set of criteria(Mueller, 2010). A rubric is a criterion-referenced measure, meaning that mastery or success is determined by how performance aligns with a set of pre-selected skills and/or knowledge.

Some Advantages

  • Makes expectations clear to students
  • Helps to ensure consistency in grading, even with multiple evaluators
  • Helps students to understand how they were evaluated
Some Challenges
  • Ensuring that all evaluators are using the rubric the same way
  • Writing the rubric in a clear, easy to evaluate manner

Some Examples

Mueller, J. (2010). Rubrics. Retrieved from