(Grammar or Art) Grammar and/or art work were without flaws and professional in nature. Grammar and/or art work are quality in nature. Occasional errors but not enough to distract. Distracting errors, difficult to read. Fragmented sentences and grammar. Art completed in a haphazard manner. Very difficult to understand Neat and orderly Professional appearance Quality appearance Neat and orderly, easy to follow. Moderately neat, almost distracting. Lacks neatness and orderliness. Hard to understand Word Usage Word choice and usage are professional. Word choice makes piece interesting. Word choice simple but acceptable. Some mistakes in word choice and usage. Could be clearer. Word choice is inadequate or inappropriate. Message Message flows and is passionate. Message is clear and easy to understand. Message can be understood. Message not easily understood. Very hard to understand message. Creativity Very clever; creatively designed Displays creative thinking Shows some creative thinking Lacks creativity Copied from another source.
Using a rubric provides several advantages to both instructors and students. Grading according to an explicit and descriptive set of criteria that is designed to reflect the weighted importance of the objectives of the assignment helps ensure that the instructor’s grading standards don’t change over time. Grading consistency is difficult to maintain over time because of fatigue, shifting standards based on prior experience, or intrusion of other criteria. Furthermore, rubrics can reduce the time spent grading by reducing uncertainty and by allowing instructors to refer to the rubric description associated with a score rather than having to write long comments. Finally, grading rubrics are invaluable in large courses that have multiple graders (other instructors, teaching assistants, etc.) because they can help ensure consistency across graders and reduce the systematic bias that can be introduced between graders.