Grading assignments can be one of the most tedious parts of teaching, but there are ways you can make it easier. Rubrics improve your efficiency and fairness by providing clear learning goals. They help you recognize exactly what you’re looking for as you read through that science report or history essay. Even better, rubrics help students know the purpose of each assignment. By sharing your rubric, or even having students help you write it, you are teaching them to think through and plan their work before they begin.
We’ve gathered the best free websites for creating rubrics. Some of these sites allow you to build a rubric from scratch, and others offer ready-made rubrics that you can borrow or tweak. If you’re struggling to outline or explain an assignment, search for inspiration here. The more clear that you can be with students, the more likely that they will rise to your expectations.
Use this site to create your own rubric or to build off of the work of other teachers. You can work from scratch or make edits to a rubric you have already created. Search a gallery of thousands of rubrics for every grade created by other teachers, and use them as-is or adapt them. High school teachers will especially like this site. No matter how specific your material, you will probably find a rubric to show how another teacher assessed the topic.
Kathy Schrock is an educator specializing in technology, and she provides an encyclopedia of teaching information on her website. You will find links to rubrics based on the Common Core and other assessment products. If you teach something outside of the core subjects, begin your rubric search here. Arts and music teachers will find rubrics to meet their needs, and there are rubrics for online learning and projects. Have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, or you might spend hours browsing.
Teachnology provides an assortment of ready-made rubrics for all of the core subject areas, from kindergarten through high school. Because the rubrics are already created, you can only customize them with your name and an image. Still, this is a good tool for teachers who need general guidance to create a rubric. If you don’t find exactly what you need, select the parts that work for you, and make your own.
Need something quick and easy to use? This is it. The site will walk you through seven steps to build a rubric that assesses any writing assignment. You can use this with any grade level because you select the guidelines. This is a good tool for teachers who would like to work with students to develop a rubric or even have students create their own.
Create your own rubrics using templates designed for both core subjects and art, music, and multimedia. If you set up an account, you can save your rubrics and return to them later. RubiStar is ideal for teachers who have specific assessments in mind but would like some guidance in creating their rubric.
These are some of the best sites specifically for creating rubrics. Many of the education websites you might already be using, such as Scholastic and ReadWriteThink, offer rubric tools as well. The biggest challenge you are likely to face is not figuring out how to build a rubric but figuring out how to narrow it to the most important learning goals. For that, you will need to rely on your training and experience.
Editor’s note: This article is a revision and combination of several older Edudemic articles, updated and re-analyzed to reflect the latest innovations.