Homework Grading Rubric Examples

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Instructor: Esther Bouchillon

Esther has taught middle school and has a master's degree in gifted education.

We'll look at the benefits of using a homework grading rubric in this lesson. We will also cover different formats and criteria that could be included. Finally, we will discuss an effective way to use a homework rubric in class.

Why Grade With a Rubric?

You are at your monthly new teachers meeting. The year has been going well, but you have one issue: grading! There is so much to grade, especially in regards to homework. You aren't even sure if you should grade homework for accuracy since some students can get help from their parents and others can't. You also don't like that each homework assignment has a different point value due to the number of questions, which can make some assignments more heavily weighted than others in your grade book. After sharing your concerns, your mentor teacher suggests something to solve your problems: Use a rubric to grade all homework assignments. You agree to give it a shot and start researching homework rubrics.

Rubric Considerations

There are two main things to consider when making any kind of rubric, a tool used by teachers to establish specific grading criteria. These two considerations are the format of the rubric and the criteria for the rubric. Many rubrics are available for free online, but it is usually better to make your own so that it can fit the specific needs of your class.

The first thing to consider is what format you want to use. There are different formats for rubrics. One type is a matrix rubric. An advantage of a matrix rubric, sometimes also referred to as a table rubric, is that it allows the teacher to be very specific as to the criteria necessary to earn points in each category. A disadvantage of this rubric is that it can be more difficult to generalize the statements so that they apply to all homework assignments.

A list rubric allows you to choose only broad categories and leaves it up to teacher discretion whether the student work earned full or only partial credit in each area.

A third option is a chart rubric. This style only allows students to earn 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0 points for the entire assignment. This is sometimes considered the easiest for teachers to make. However, there are some difficulties with this style as well. If a student completes some of what is required for a 4, but also some of what is required for a 2, the teacher must decide which grade to give. For example, if the work is entirely complete and accurate, but is somewhat illegible, what grade should be given? This can create difficulty when grading since teachers must spend more time deciding which grade is appropriate. Students and parents may also question the grade more often since it is not clear what the student did to earn the grade.

Once you have picked your format, you are ready to start thinking about the categories or criteria you will grade. The two most common criteria to include on a homework rubric are completeness of the assignment and accuracy of the answers. When writing criteria for accuracy of answers using a table format, it is better to use a fraction or a percentage rather than a specific number of correct answers to keep the rubric more general. This allows the same rubric to be used on several assignments no matter how many questions the assignment has.

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