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

rubric step 1

new rubric button     

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”.

create rubric

  • 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.


The default number of Levels and Criteria are 4 and 3 respectively. Use the + on either side of the Level area to add levels. Use the + Add Criterion to add Criteria. To delete Levels or Criteria select the Trash Can in the Level or next to the Criteria that needs to be removed.

levels and criteria

  • 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 for Analytic or Holistic.

points    no score

  • 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

Levels or Criteria can be renamed by clicking into each text box of the selected Level or Criteria. Adjusting points or percentages can be updated the same way, click into each text box that needs to be adjusted.

criteria levels and names

Adding Criteria Groups

Select the Add Criteria Group button to create a new Criterion group.

add criterian group

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.

publish rubric

*Note: 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.