Authentic Assessment and Rubrics

Assessment methods based as closely as possible to real world experiences are called authentic assessment. Originally these were restricted to internship and apprenticeship experiences but have been expanded to the arts and other performances. The student is observed in action and the instructor provides feedback (direction). Now authentic assessment is being applied to all areas of the curriculum.

Real world experiences or simulations are normally complex and multi-faceted. A system is needed to analyze the complexities and to create clear criteria for student performance or their creation of a product. When provided with the assignment, a rubric establishes expectations. It is an authentic assessment tool which is growing in popularity due to its useful in assessing complex and subjective criteria.

Advantages of using rubrics in assessment include:

  • allowing assessment to be objective and consistent
  • allowing the instructor to clarify his/her criteria in specific terms
  • clearly showing the student how their work will be evaluated and what is expected
  • providing useful feedback regarding the effectiveness of the instruction
  • provide benchmarks against which to measure and document progress

The common features rubrics share include:

  • delineation of primary traits of performances and products
  • descriptions of various levels of performance or of product quality
  • a range for rating performance

Rubric Websites

Automating Authentic Assessments with Rubrics

Rubrics and Evaluation Resources (includes downloadable templates)

Rubrics: Your Source for Information about Music Rubrics

Weighted Rubrics

Creating Rubrics

Teachnology: The Online Teacher Resource- collection on rubric generators

Rubrics 4 Teachers: Extensive Guide to Educational Rubrics

Rubistar: Online tool to help teachers create rubrics

Lesson Assessment Rubrics

Jon Mueller's Authentic Assessment Toolbox

Sample Rubrics

Sample Presentation Rubrics

Sample Literature Review Rubrics

Sample Reflection Assignments/Reflection Letter Rubrics

Sample Project Proposal Rubrics

Sample Project Results Report Rubrics

Sample Interview Paper Rubrics

Sample Essay Rubrics

Sample Persuasive Essay Rubrics

Sample Library Research Assignment Rubric


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