A rubric is a guide for evaluating student performance related to exams, assignments, projects and more. Rubrics are created by educators to assess student work on the basis of specific, clearly established criteria and expectations of quality of work. Often laid out in a table format, rubrics communicate expectations for both teachers and students and include information on what learning outcomes are required from student work, how that work should be measured qualitatively and how a students’ work fits into that measurement.
A rubric refers to a formative assessment tool created by teachers to evaluate student work. Rubrics are beneficial to educators as they provide a tangible set of expectations, and provide a consistent framework for objective, streamlined grading. Rubrics are useful to students because they clearly layout expectations of what is required to excel on a project, test or assignment.