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 and Online Surveys

Rubrics: Your Source for Information about Music Rubrics

A List of Sample Rubrics Found on the Web

Weighted Rubrics

Collaboration Rubric

Guidelines for Rubric Development

General Rubrics Template

Using Rubrics for University Learning Outcomes

Using Rubrics

Sample Rubrics for Course Assessment; Class Participation; Research Papers and Group Presentations

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

San Diego State University

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

 

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Christopher Geiger
College of Engineering and Computer Science Christopher Geiger My teaching approach inside and outside the classroom is based on my view that an instructor, in addition to being a supplier of knowledge, is a facilitator of knowledge. In my opinion, an effective teacher should have sound fundamentals and command over the theoretical concepts as well as a broad knowledge beyon...

Ross Wolf
College of Health and Public Affairs Ross  Wolf I realize not all students learn by the same pedagogy and therefore have adapted my classes to encourage learners of all types to be involved. I believe learning is governed by each studentís background knowledge and experiences, but I can present my personal experiences and research into classroom discussions, le...

Claire Connolly Knox
College of Health and Public Affairs Claire Connolly  Knox I am a passionate facilitator of engaging, reality-based learning that challenges a studentís paradigm. In the fields of public administration and emergency management, the educational challenge of linking a studentís theoretical knowledge with practical experience remains. While I am no longer a practitioner,...