Assessment rubrics play 3 main roles:

  1. assist markers to make consistent and reliable judgements about the quality of student work
  2. provide feedback to students about the quality of their work and how they might improve
  3. provide guidance to the students about what they need to be focussing on when addressing the assignment criteria.

Rubrics are commonly presented in the form of a matrix that includes:

  • marking criteria – the elements that the marker will consider when judging a piece of work (such as quality of argument, research, technical aspects, etc.)
  • grading standards – descriptive statements about the level of each criterion; in the SCU assessment procedures (clause 13) SCU’s generic grade descriptors, which are general guides to the standard of work required at each grade level, apply to all assessment tasks.

Rubrics may vary in complexity from simple tables to very detailed matrices that provide descriptions of each dimension of quality and characterise each level of accomplishment. Rubrics can be adapted to grade many different types of assignments including essays, reports, oral presentations, group work and research papers.

Rubrics should be simple and clear so that students can readily understand and engage with them.

We have created a number of resources to assist you with the design of rubrics:

Contact if you or your team would like more information and/or workshops about rubrics.