Creating a Rubric

To create a rubric, access the Rubrics tool from the Assessments Menu and click New Rubric.


After giving your rubric a Name, set the rubric Status using the drop down menu.
Once you are ready to associate the rubric with a tool such as an Assignment, set this status to “Published”.

Draft - The initial status of a rubric. Draft rubrics are not yet available for new associations.
Published - Associations can be made with published rubrics. Once a rubric has an association, you cannot change the rubric's name, description, levels, and criteria.
Archived - Archived rubrics do not appear in default search results and are not available for new associations. Existing associations with archived rubrics remain functional.

Next, set the Rubric Type. Click here for more information about Rubric Types.

Choose the number of Levels and Criteria you would like to have for your rubric.

Levels: A rating scale that identifies students' level of mastery within each criterion.
Criteria: The aspects or performance (e.g., argument, evidence, clarity) that will be assessed.

Choose your Scoring Method.

Text Only: Performance levels indicated by Text Only. For example, three performance levels for a rubric can be "Poor", "Good", and "Excellent".
Percentages: Percentages is only available to holistic rubrics. A holistic rubric using Percentages can be automatically assessed based on the score of its associated item.
Points: Similar to Text Only, but includes points to assess performance. For example, three performance levels for a rubric can be "Poor (0 points)", "Good (75 points)", and "Excellent (125 points)".
Custom Points: This scoring method is only available to analytic rubrics. The Custom Points scoring method is similar to the Points scoring method, but you can customize the points given for each criterion. For example, if performance levels are "Poor", "Good", and "Excellent", then the criterion "Spelling and Grammar" can be worth 0 points, 10 points, and 20 points for each level, and the criterion "Expression" can be worth 0 points, 30 points, and 60 points, making it worth three times the points of "Spelling and Grammar".

Editing Level & Criteria

Click on the Levels & Criteria Tab then in the Criteria drop-down menu select Edit Criteria Group.

This will bring you to a screen where you can rename all of the Criteria and Level Names.

Enter the name of the criteria as a whole, as well as the name of each assessment (ex. Excellent-Poor). If you chose Points as the Scoring Method you can edit the points for each level.
Click Save when finished.

For each criterion select the drop down menu and select Edit Criterion.

Add a Description at each criterion level. The description will typically contain the characteristics associated with each dimension (e.g., argument is demonstrable and original, evidence is diverse and compelling).

You may also choose to add default Feedback for each level. Otherwise you can give individual feedback at the time of assessment.
Click Save.

Adding & Reordering

Levels and criteria can be added to the rubric as well as reordered by using the options directly above the rubric.

 Publishing Rubrics

To be able to assign a rubric to any assessment it must first be Published. To publish a rubric go to the Properties tab and select Published from the Status drop down menu and click Save.

A rubric cannot be edited while in Published status. If you need to edit a rubric you will need to change it to Draft status.
Also, if a rubric has been used for assessment, the rubric will become locked and cannot be edited. If you need to edit a rubric that is locked you will need to Copy it using the drop down menu next to the rubric name, edit it, and finally associate the new rubric to your assessment.