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Overview

A rubric is a system of grading that consists of a criteria chart outlining exactly what is to be evaluated in a piece of work. A rubric is often used in the evaluation of actions, procedures, performances, or complex projects and assignments.

Strategies

Minimize Student Complaints

Provide students with clear grading policies, procedures, and standards in the syllabus and other prominent areas where you communicate with students.

Maintain Consistency

Communicate expectations of criteria and apply strategies like using rubrics to keep grading consistent.

Provide the Rubric Ahead of Time

Give your students a chance to self-evaluate before turning in an assignment by providing the grading rubric along with assignment instructions. Often times, this will result in higher quality work.

Resources

Diving Deeper/Research