Evaluating student work is one of the most important tasks teachers must perform. Scoring rubrics are tools that help teachers award points to student responses. This lesson focuses on item-specific scoring rubrics, which describe the specific content of responses of varying quality to a question or task.
In this lesson you will be introduced to:
- the importance of scoring rubrics in promoting fairness, focus, and efficiency;
- four general principles associated with good item-specific scoring rubrics;
- examples of ineffective and effective rubrics using various approaches;
- suggestions for teachers and instructional leaders to improve the evaluation of student work using item-specific rubrics; and,
- recommended activities and resources to deepen your understanding and use of item-specific scoring rubrics.
- Sample Test Items from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
- Classroom Assessment: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Real Classrooms by Catherine Taylor and Susan Nolen (Pearson)
- Released items on state assessment websites
- Facilitator Guide to help you build the capacity of others using this video lesson.