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800.443.9441 | solutions@blackbaud.com | www.blackbaud.com May 2019 1 TIP SHEET A Beginner's Guide to Effective Rubric Assessments BY MATT DROWN, Business Analyst, Blackbaud Successful classroom management requires skillful time management. Of the many time- consuming tasks that teachers tackle throughout the day, grading can be among the most daunting. Teachers must assess in so many ways, and so often, that it's important to have a tool to streamline the process and maintain consistency. Rubrics can achieve this goal and more. Let's take a closer look at the benefits rubrics can provide. 1 Eliminate the grading guesswork. A rubric is a specific and clear set of criteria describing levels of performance and providing descriptions, expectations, and examples showing the requirements to achieve each level. If created effectively, anyone could take a completed assignment, compare it to the rubric, and come up with a grade very close to what the teacher would have. Grading doesn't just use up a lot of time, it can also cause a great deal of anxiety among students and parents, and that often comes back to the teacher. Rubrics set expectations for students and help parents understand their child's performance. If questions or concerns arise, rubrics guarantee that teachers have a tangible tool to justify their assessment. When emotions of parents or students are heightened, clear and objective responses are important and will help deescalate the interaction. 2 Appeal to the reader's emotions. Rubrics can also generate conversation amongst students, engaging them in healthy debate, critical thinking, and requiring them to substantiate their claims. This can be done in many ways, but the best way I've seen it done is at the start of an assignment. Present students with the rubric explaining the variables and each level of performance. Then pass out assignment examples and ask the students to work in groups to grade the assignments.

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