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How do I create and use rubrics?

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Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member

Use rubrics to help you provide detailed and meaningful grades and feedback.

A rubric is a scoring guide used to indicate activity expectations, possible performance outcomes, and the scores associated with them.

Using the Editor

You can create rubrics using the activity editor in the Editor or using the Clipboard. This article outlines both approaches.

  1. Open the Editor from the Main Menu.
  2. Select or create the activity for which you want to build the rubric and click the pencil (edit) icon.
    • Note: You can only create rubrics for activities that are manually graded. This means that they cannot be applied to an entire assessment and practice question activity, but they can be used for individual essay questions within those activities.
  3. Select the Gradebook tab.
  4. Select Rubric from the Score entry dropdown.
  5. Click Add rubric underneath the dropdown.  
Using the Editor
  1. Select a rubric template from the dropdown and click Next, or choose <empty> from the dropdown and click Next to build a rubric from scratch.

Create a rubric

To build rubrics, you create:

  • Levels, which define the columns of the rubric table and represent possible levels of performance. You can:
    1. Add levels by clicking the plus sign that appears to the right of the levels fields.
    2. Remove levels by clicking the x that appears above each level field.
    3. Provide level titles by clicking the level's field and entering text. If you don't provide titles, level headers display Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, etc. By default, the levels build, left to right, from lowest scores to highest.
Create a rubric
  • Criteria, which define the rows of the rubric and represent the behaviors that are being assessed. You can:
    1. Add criteria by clicking the plus sign that appears at the bottom left corner of the last criteria.
    2. Remove criteria by clicking the x that appears to the right of each.
    3. Name each criteria by describing the desired behavior in the Title fields above each. If you don't provide titles, the criteria headers display Criteria 1, Criteria 2, Criteria 3, etc.
    4. Describe what a student needs to accomplish to earn each level's score within each behavior (criteria). Select the field and enter text.
    5. Provide the maximum criteria composite score in the Max field. This value is automatically distributed evenly between the existing levels in the criteria and populates the Points fields and level headers within the criteria. You can edit the Points fields if you don't want the value distributed evenly, but you must do so after entering the Max value.

Click Save when you're finished.

Using the Clipboard

Add a rubric

To add a rubric to a Clipboard activity:

  1. Create a Clipboard activity using these instructions; be sure to check the Gradable box covered in step four and click Edit and Assign.
Add a rubric
  1. In the screen that opens, select Rubric in the Score Entry dropdown.
  2. Click Add rubric.

Create a rubric

To build rubrics, you create:

  • Levels, which define the columns of the rubric table and represent possible levels of performance. You can:
    1. Add levels by clicking the plus sign that appears to the right of the levels fields.
    2. Remove levels by clicking the x that appears above each level field.
    3. Provide level titles by clicking the level's field and entering text. If you don't provide titles, level headers display Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, etc. By default, the levels build, left to right, from lowest scores to highest.
Create a rubric
  • Criteria, which define the rows of the rubric and represent the behaviors that are being assessed. You can:
    1. Add criteria by clicking the plus sign that appears at the bottom left corner of the last criteria.
    2. Remove criteria by clicking the x that appears to the right of each.
    3. Name each criteria by describing the desired behavior in the Title fields above each. If you don't provide titles, the criteria headers display Criteria 1, Criteria 2, Criteria 3, etc.
    4. Describe what a student needs to accomplish to earn each level's score within each behavior (criteria). Select the field and enter text.
    5. Provide the maximum criteria composite score in the Max field. This value is automatically distributed evenly between the existing levels in the criteria and populates the Points fields and level headers within the criteria. You can edit the Points fields if you don't want the value distributed evenly, but you must do so after entering the Max value.

Click Save when you're finished.

Use the rubric to grade

  1. Open the activity you want to grade using the Grade Editor.
  2. The rubric you created appears under the Content tab.
  3. For each criteria, click the description that best matches the student's performance.
  4. Click Leave Feedback below each dimension for which you want to provide feedback.
  5. Click Submit when you're done.
Use the rubric to grade

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Tips

  • You can only create rubrics for activities that are manually graded. This means that they cannot be applied to an entire assessment and practice question activity, but they can be used for individual essay questions within those activities.

Comments (6)

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Kevin Healy

This rubric is highly improved from the last version, especially in regards to grading,but I feel a key point has been missed. After a rubric has been created it needs to be saved as a template and able to be imported into any other activity the teacher would like. 

Teachers use the same rubrics for many different activities. For example an ELA teacher uses one rubric for research/book reports. They do not want to have to re-create that rubric each and every time they create an assignment.

Even better, allow domain level rubrics that could be used as templates across a district or school!

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Great feedback, Kevin. As stated in the release notes, this was our first update for rubrics. We have several more enhancements that will be rolling out over a period which I believe you will quite like.

Kevin McBride

I really like some of the changes to the rubric. It made my day when I saw I was able to use a rubric template for multiple assignments.

One issue that I have noticed is that the new rubric takes up a lot more screen space in the activity grader. This makes it very difficult to look at an assignment and apply points to the rubric as I look at it. 

Scott Taylor
  • Agilix team member

Thank you for your feedback Kevin, it'll be passed along to our Product Team for consideration on if it can be modified to allow more visibility of the assignment.

Eric Barshinger

I would love if standards could be attached to different columns in the rubric.  Currently, a rubric cannot affect students' mastery levels.  Sadly, this is a PBL killer.  Is this apart of your future plans?

Scott Taylor
  • Agilix team member

Eric, we don't have any ETA regarding attaching standards to specific columns in a rubric. We appreciate the feedback on features that help improve the teaching/learning experience.

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