What is a Rubric

A rubric is a scoring tool that explicitly states the performance expectations for an assignment, based on a range of criteria or characteristics. A rubric divides the assigned work into component parts and provides descriptors or indicators of expected characteristics associated with each component or criterion, at varying levels of mastery. A rubric usually looks like a matrix with criteria on the left side, rating scales across the top for rating quality of performance for each criterion, and descriptors under the rating scale for each level of performance. Rubrics can be used for grading papers, projects, oral presentations, and many other types of assignments.


Rubric with Criteria on Left (Structure, Grammar/Mechanics, Language, and Content/Information) and Grading Scale Across the top (Exceeds Expectations, Meets Expectations, Needs Improvement, Inadequate).