18 Ways To Use Rubrics In Education

Rubrics are an extremely useful classroom evaluation tool, though many teachers these days aren’t using them anymore, and don’t think they are necessary. The lovely graphic below from Mia MacMeekin takes a look at rubrics and why they should be used and what they can improve, along with a little guide for teachers on rubrics.

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What is a rubric, and why should I use it?

Rubrics are scoring charts that display what is expected of a student on a particular assignment. The students can use the rubric when working on their assignment to ensure they know what is expected and can aim to meet those expectations, and teachers can use them when grading the assignment to ensure they are grading fairly and evaluating each assignment evently.

What Can Rubrics Improve?

  • Teaching
  • Assessing
  • Performance
  • Expectations
  • Directions
  • Assignment quality
  • Self evaluation
  • Grading quality
  • Feedback

A Guide For Teachers

  • Understand the expectations for the assignment
  • Write out a rubric that makes sense for each assignment
  • Read the rubric with your students
  • Disclose that you’ll be using a rubric in your grading
  • Give the rubric to the students to use
  • Copy and Paste the rubric onto the end of each assignment
  • Follow the rubric when grading
  • Tweak the rubric after you’ve used it but prior to the next assignment if needed
  • Have a set of standardized rubrics to pull out and use/tweak throughout the year




  1. Ramesh

    May 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Use of Rubics by a student and by the teacher individually should be a catalyst for performance growth but not other wise. Usage of it in the classes among other students is not a good idea. The teachers role is more in non performers or who have slipped down. Even in adult education or in job or life a free mind and atmosphere we create

  2. hwpelote

    June 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I think that Rubrics set expectations for the students. Students know and understand what is expected of them during the course. I see rubric as a way of setting the rules or guidelines in which the teacher would like their students to be within. We have times when we let students be creative, but they must also learn to work within the guidelines that are set for them and others.

  3. Deb

    June 29, 2014 at 8:39 am

    It’s rally important the rubric is presented in student friendly language. I also like to includeon the rubric a learning intention and the learning activity they will undertake.