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Scoring Rubrics and Guides

A rubric is a set of scoring guidelines for evaluating students’ work. It contains a scale of possible points to be assigned in scoring work on a continuum of quality. High numbers are usually assigned to the best performances. Scoring guides are different from rubrics in that they have a built-in analysis of the quality of each of the components of the performance task. Consequently, the assignment of a numerical grade is much easier. The important aspects of both rubrics and scoring guides are that they describe levels of performance; thus, they provide important information to teachers and parents. More importantly, they provide clear performance targets and standards for learning for students.

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