Rubrics are scoring tools laying out criteria along a continuum of proficiency. They provide detailed information for both the evaluator and person being evaluated to explicitly understand the performance criteria. In addition, by having the criteria clearly laid out, it is easy to provide consistency in evaluation.
Rubrics should include scales with three to five options. Each option on the scale can have a different categorical label. For example:
- Beginner, intermediate, and advanced
- Novice, apprentice, and master
- Needs development, emerging, competent, expert
- Inadequate, developing, proficient, skilled, exceptional
- Never, rarely, sometimes, often, always
To make scoring easier, each category can be assigned a point value that increases as the proficiency level increases. This numerical system makes it easy to quantify both a proficiency level in the moment and the difference in scores between two rubrics showing growth of a student over time. And, remember, in order for your students to understand expectations, it is important to explain each option on your rubric scale and give examples of what a score in each option entails.
Adding a rubric to a form is easy. Start by editing your form and scroll down to the page where you would like to add your rubric. At the bottom of the page, select Add Text Block. The text block option allows you to include supplemental information in your form without prompting the user to take action.
One method to format your rubric is through the use of tables. Select the table icon from the list of tools in the text editor. This icon looks similar to a spreadsheet. The pop-up will ask you to define the number of rows and columns in your rubric. Typically, you'll have two rows in your rubric but the number of columns will fluctuate depending on the scale you're using. You can also enter the table width (820px will stretch the width of the form). Feel free to play around with the other settings but nothing else is required to create your rubric.
After you've added your blank table to the editor, begin populating the content of your rubric. The top-left cell should be left blank then you begin your scale along the top row. Begin with the lowest score on the left and finish with the highest score on the right. Use the example below as a template when creating your rubric. If you need to add or remove a row or column on your rubric, click here for step-by-step instructions. Click Done in the bottom right of the editor to save your changes.
The next step is to setup the question(s) associated with your rubric. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Add Question. Choose Likert Item from the list of options. Next, enter your question text and alter your answer choices to match the scale you defined in your rubric. If needed, you can also provide additional instructions to the user. Click Done to finalize your changes and preview the question. Repeat this process for any additional questions that apply to your rubric.
When your rubric and questions have been added, make sure to save the form before exiting. You can preview the form at any time if you go select Go To Form in the top right of the form dashboard.