Math Homework Rubric Examples

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  • 0:01 Why Are Rubrics Important?
  • 0:52 Basic Homework Rubric
  • 2:16 Specific Homework Rubric
  • 3:25 Long-Term Homework Rubric
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Instructor: Derek Hughes
Using a rubric to grade student math homework is useful to let students know what is expected from them and their work. This lesson will provide several examples of rubrics you can use in your classroom.

Why Are Rubrics Important?

Homework is an incredibly important part of math education. It gives students the opportunity to practice skills that they learned in class so that they can master them. However, it is important that students understand a teacher's expectations for their homework. This is where a rubric becomes helpful. You can use this tool to set expectations and grade student homework assignments.

This lesson will take the perspective of a high school math teacher named Mrs. Numbers (what a crazy coincidence, right?). In her class, Mrs. Numbers assigns homework at the beginning of the week and collects it on Friday. Therefore, she uses a grading rubric to assess the packet of homework she gets at the end of every week. While all of the examples discussed in this lesson were designed with an older group of students in mind, they can be used with many grades, as long as they are changed to suit the assignments and students.

Basic Homework Rubric

Most of the time, Mrs. Numbers uses a basic rubric to grade her students' homework. This rubric applies to a wide variety of homework assignments, which means she doesn't have to create a new rubric every week. There are five categories on Mrs. Numbers' basic rubric, and students are rated in each category on a scale from 1, on the lowest end, to 4, on the highest end. The categories include the following:

  • Neatness
  • Completion
  • Timeliness
  • Accuracy
  • Work shown

Neatness is used to grade how neat homework is when it is turned in. An assignment that is in near-perfect condition and very well organized would earn a 4, whereas an assignment that was very torn up and messy would earn a 1.

The next category, completion, sets expectations for how much of the homework should be done. To earn a 4, all homework assignments must be 100% done. Students who turn in little to no complete homework would earn a 1.

Timeliness is used to grade students based on when the assignment is handed in. An on-time assignment earns a 4, with scores decreasing as the assignment is turned in later.

Next, accuracy sets expectations for whether the work is correct or not. A perfectly correct assignment would earn a 4, and more mistakes mean that the student earns a lower score.

Finally, the work shown category grades students based on how much work they've shown to prove how they got their answers. Some math problems might not require work shown, so the requirements of earning a 4 in this category might change from time to time.

Specific Homework Rubric

Sometimes, Mrs. Numbers assigns students homework that is more complex than standard worksheets and practice problems. For these homework assignments, she needs to use a more specific rubric. She often needs to create a new rubric in these cases, but this lesson will provide a sample that can be adjusted for a few different assignments.

For example, if Mrs. Numbers assigns her students a much larger problem that must be done piece by piece each night, her rubric needs to reflect the expectations for that type of assignment. The categories of this rubric include the following:

  • Completion
  • Timeliness
  • Accuracy
  • Steps

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