Defining Rubric Criteria

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Rubric Criteria are the assignment components or characteristics that student work should exhibit in the final product or performance (i.e. Overall Content, Organization, Writing Mechanics, Writing Organization, Presentation, etc.). Every graded component should be included/represented in the rubric criteria.

Criteria Descriptions are the specific descriptions for each rubric criterion, at each level of accomplishment. Descriptions should include observable and measurable characteristics. The descriptions must clearly differentiate one accomplishment level from another. For example, if a rubric included a criteria for “research paper citations”- the criteria descriptions should include specific requirements for research paper citations at each level on the rubric (i.e. Level 4, Level 3, Level 2 and Level 1).

  1. From the Assessments menu, select Rubrics.
    Screenshot of the Assessments dropdown menu, indicating Rubrics item selected
  2. Select the Title of the rubric.
  3. Select the Levels and Criteria Tab.
    Screenshot indicating Levels and Criteria tab selected
  4. Select the drop-down menu for the criterion, then select Edit Criterion.
    Screenshot of Criterion dropdown menu, indicating Edit Criterion item selected
  5. Enter a Criterion Name.
  6. Enter a Description for each level.
  7. (OPTIONAL) Enter Feedback for each level.
  8. Select Save.
  9. Repeat Steps 4 – 8 for each additional criterion.