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Create and Grade an Analytic Rubric

Analytic rubrics have multiple criteria. You assess the level of achievement for each. You may give different weight to each criterion by assigning different values.

This page will walk you through how to make and grade an analytic rubric.

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Grade with an Analytic Rubric

To use a rubric to assess students’ work and provide feedback, attach it to an activity, such as a Grade item, Dropbox folder, or Discussion topic.

Student View of Original Rubric

Although you can’t use a rubric to assess anything until you assign it to an activity, students can see any rubric after you’ve changed its status to “Published,” whether the rubric is attached to anything or not.

  1. Under “Assessment” on the navbar, click “Rubrics.”
  2. On the “Rubrics” page, click the little arrow to the right of the rubric’s name, then click “Preview.”
  3. Students will see the rubric in that preview, but not any grading you have done with the rubric.

Grade with Analytic Rubric Attached to a Grade Item

When you attach a rubric to an item in Grades, the rubric can automatically fill the grade item with its score. Then you don’t have to copy each student’s score to Grades.

Once a holistic rubric is attached to a grade item, it’s easy to score:

  1. Click “Grades” on the navbar.
  2. What you do next depends on which view you are in:
  3. If you are in “Manage Grades,” click the small arrow next to the name of the item you want to grade, then choose “Enter Grades.”
  4. If you are in “Enter Grades,” click the small arrow next to the name of the item you want to grade, then choose “Grade All.”
  5. For each student, click the yellow rubric icon in the “Assessment” column.
  6. On the rubric, click the level you want to assign. You can also click in the “Feedback” box to change the feedback you want to give the student.
The first column of the rubric contains your criteria. Each criterion’s cell lets you fine tune the score for that criterion. Use the “Feedback” link to write explanation, advice, encouragement, etc. for that criterion. Each criterion is followed in its row by its levels, including a description of each level and its point value. The level’s feedback follow the row of descriptions. The last row shows the total points, the threshold for each level, and the level achieved.

Student View of Graded Rubric

When you grade with a rubric that’s attached to a grade item, a student will see an “Assessment Details” link to the right of the grade item in “Grades.”

A student who clicks “Assessment Details” will see the rubric. The level you assigned will be highlighted in yellow with a green check mark. The feedback and score for each criterion will be in the last column of its row. The level earned and total score will be in the last row of the table.