I feel as though I’ve come across a lot of discussion about assessments as of late. Where are they most useful? What type of assessment is best for different types of subject matter? Which question type is most appropriate? How can I get the most information out of an assessment? These are some of the big questions I’ve seen thrown around.
Getting the most out of an assessment serves teachers (and students) on many levels. It helps teachers clearly see how their students are doing – compared to some type of standard, to their previous work, and to their peers. It helps teachers waste less time testing and retesting, and it helps both teachers and students see what the learning goals are.
To get the most out of an assessment, you need to know what you’re looking for. Using a rubric can help your students understand the assignments in your classroom, and will make your grading process clearer, faster, and more objective and consistent.
Online rubric makers can make rubric creation pretty simple, so we’ve collected a few sites that offers online rubric makers (some of them are free) that can help you out in your classroom. There are many sites out there that also offer shared rubrics from other users that you can use as well – quite a helpful tool if you’re either in a pinch, or at a loss for where to start. Though we’ve covered this topic in the past, we’ve gotten a few requests to revisit the available resources, so we’ve updated the list. If there’s a tool that you use and love and feel that we’ve forgotten to include, please leave us a note in the comments!
eRubric Assistant is a free rubric generator. You download the software, and can create automated grading rubrics in Microsoft Word. You can plug in your own weighted assessment criteria in the rows, and the performance standards with marks in the columns. The download is free, and is available for both Windows and Mac. There are pretty simple instructions available on the website (linked above) and we found the tool super easy to use. It is highly customizable, so you can use it for pretty much any subject matter.
Teach-nology offers a huge variety of pre-made rubrics, rubric makers, and templates for various subject areas. You can sort by grade level, subject matter, or search the site by keyword. Since most are pre-made, they may or may not be exactly what you need, but many will be close enough, and you won’t need to spend the time creating a custom rubric from scratch when you might not need to.
There is a platinum version of Teach-nology, too. MakeWorksheets offers a year subscription for $29.99 and allows users access to the custom rubric maker tool. You can create any type of custom rubric you’d like, for any content area or grade level, or you can use their ‘platinum’ pre-formatted templates. Rubrics can be saved in various formats – Word, html, or pdf.
Rubrics4Teachers offers a LOT of pre-made rubrics covering a variety of subjects that are available for your use. You can search by subject matter or by term. This is a great site with a lot of free content, though the focus is on already created rubrics, not make-your-own.
Rubistar is an easy to use online rubric makers that also offers accounts (so you can store and access the rubrics you make), templates, and pre-made rubrics for a variety of subjects. Everything on the site is free.
iRubric is a pretty great tool. Like the others we’ve mentioned, it offers rubric building tools, and a searchable database of pre-existing rubrics from other teachers. It also offers an easy way to grade via the rubric: “just pull up a rubric from the gradebook, click, click, and you’re done. Rubric scores are automatically adjusted to the coursework grading scale and posted on the gradebook.” You even have the option to send a copy of the graded rubric to the students securely. Teachers and students can use the site for free, but if a whole school or district wants to set up a larger scale account, they offer paid options, too.