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What do you see are some advantages and disadvantages to rubrics?


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I use rubrics almost exclusively for writing assignments.

Advantage: Writing the rubric makes me really focus on why I have given the assignment and what I consider important. It gives the student (and parent) a clear direction on what the student needs to do. Once I have a rubric created, grading the assignment is quick and easy.

Disadvantage: Takes time to set up.
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I also grade all my papers with rubrics. I love them. They give detailed feedback to students. I still add comments, but much less that would be necessary if I didn't use a rubric. I agree with the previous poster that it keeps focus on the particular trait or skill you are assessing at the time.

The disadvantage, I guess, is that you have to make copies of the rubric and wipe out more trees.
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I use rubrics for writing assignments and large projects. Sometimes I don't have time to make a rubric and will make a checklist with a scale (1-5 or 1-10) instead, but they're not as detailed.

Pros of rubrics:
- Detailed feedback
- For subjective assignments, they make grading more concrete.
- Students know what is expected of them before they turn in their work.

Cons:
- Sometimes I make a rubric and during grading realize that I should have included something else. I can't necessarily deduct points on the assignment, though, because it wasn't on the rubric.
- Time to create and make copies
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Have you used Rubistar? http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
It has some great pre-made rubrics and is easily adjustable. I agree that it's time consuming, but I think rubrics are awesome for keeping myself and my students focused. I usually send it home to be signed by the parents when we're starting a project so that there's no questions about what was/wasn't to be graded.


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I was surprised to read that anyone would consider rubrics to give good feedback. I have found that assignments graded with rubrics give almost no feedback. It is a canned assessment with little added for improvement.

Many rubrics distinguish performance by use of the terms 'consistently' or 'often' in the descriptors. These are subjective terms and meaningless in any real manner. Secondly, too many educators lazily use the scale of a rubric to assign the final score. No nuance is available in such an approach, especially in a 4 or 6 point scale. Is a 5 (83%, B-) that significantly different from a 6 (100%, A) in such a subjective scale? Certainly not in my experience as a college faculty member,

The use of rubrics for rudimentary evaluation has some merit, but their use in grading should be abolished.
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I really love to read and use this rubrics.... why? it is because... it gives knowledge not only to the students but to the teachers to make their work easier in rating the students' work. for the students... it helps them to strive in their writing tasks.
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I am in graduate school for special education and I find rubrics to be completely frustrating and pretty pointless. After one and a half years of writing endless essays, I still don't see how rubrics help me know what is expected or how they are more clear, or more fair, or equitable than the "old" way of grading reports and essays. The rubrics for specific types of assignments in all of my grad classes are basically the same, yet every professor's interpretation is different. Incredibly frustrating.

I completely agree with your statement that " I have found that assignments graded with rubrics give almost no feedback. It is a canned assessment with little added for improvement." And the terms 'consistently' and 'often' leave a huge amount of room for interpretation. For instance - one part of the rubric from one of my recent assignments states: "assignment is exceptionally clear, concise, and well organized. Virtually no errors in grammar, mechanics, or APA format are present in the assignment." This is the requirement for an exceptional in this category. "Exceptionally clear, concise, and well organized" is incredibly subjective. Additionally, there is no commentary anywhere in my actual narrative about anything being unclear in my writing. There are also no notes within the paper about any problems with grammar, mechanics, or APA format. So, looking at the professor's commentary within the paper, I believe that I should have received and exemplary, not a proficient in this area. If there were problems in any of these areas, they should have been clearly noted wherever they happened within the paper.

Twenty-five years ago when I was in college I got all of my papers back with red marks wherever there were problems. It was very obvious why I received a B when I received a B and I was very clear about what to do to improve. At this point, with the rubric, I really never know what to expect.

I just questioned my professor about a recent grade as it related to specific areas of the rubric. I asked for clarification in several areas. Her answer to me was: "The rubric includes the need for evaluative comments for an exemplary score." What does that mean? I have NO idea what she wants because there is actually no real feedback anywhere within the actual narrative. If the same paper had been graded by my previous professor it would have come out very differently.

I have developed a truly passionate dislike for rubrics. I believe that they are a lazy and unreliable way to grade.
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