Examples of Rubrics for Evaluting Student Work

Overview

Rubrics can be used for evaluating essays, research reports, senior theses, works of art, oral presentations, video clips, collaborative work, recitals, dissertations, QE, etc.  Below are some examples of nationally-developed analytic rubrics to evaluate key skills of importance at UC Santa Cruz such as PLOs for written and oral communication, critical thinking skills, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning.

The rubrics illustrate how relevant traits can be described and assessed at four levels of faculty expectations for student performance.  As such, the examples can help faculty develop their own rubrics aligned with their programmatic PLO statements and the signature assignments they have selected as a basis of PLO assessment.  

Example templates

Templates are provided in spreadsheet format so faculty can easily adapt them for their own purposes.  Two example rubrics (Critical Thinking Rubric for undergraduates; Qualifying Exam Rubric for graduates) are also accompanied by an on-line data collection tool and sample results.  Please contact Anna Sher to discuss the use of this tool and how it can be adapted to your rubrics.


Undergraduate rubrics

Collaborative/Teamwork Skills Rubric

Critical Thinking Rubric

Information Literacy Rubric

Inquiry and Analysis Rubric

Oral Communication Rubric

Oral Presentations Rubric

Quantitative Literacy Rubric

Written Communication Rubric


Graduate rubrics

PhD/MA Qualifying Exam, Thesis Defense [example  | blank template ]


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