Activity Introduction

Rubric introduction

A rubric is a method for monitoring students’ learning based on chosen criteria or guidelines. Rubrics are often provided to students before they commence an assessment task so they are able to think about the criteria on which part of their assessment will occur.

The sample rubric for this unit of work is generic and is based on ‘A model of inquiry learning’ in which students will be collecting and using data. The criteria is based on the Australian Curriculum and overlaps Science, English, Mathematics and Geography.  Teachers are encouraged to modify this rubric to meet their specific assessment needs.


Keywords: Rubric, Criteria, Assessment, Grade, Marking, Monitoring.


Teacher Worksheet

Sample Rubric for Years 3 & 4

Student’s name: 

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Criteria Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary
Responding to texts Can only deal with one text at a time Is limited when comparing texts and including personal experience Compares different texts and their own experience Makes interesting connections between texts and personal experience
Creating texts Is not able to recognise different points of view when writing text Attempts to write different points of view Offers different points of view when writing text Is able to explain why there are different points of view
Verbal communication Does not readily use new words to express ideas    Uses some new words taking time to become familiar with them Uses new words in context to express new ideas One of the first in the class to use and apply new words in context
Knowledge and understanding Needs assistance to produce a simple communication product incorporating their
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