Activity Introduction

Rubric introduction

A rubric is a method for monitoring a student’s 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 that will be included in their assessment.

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 1 and 2 for an environmental unit of work

Student's name:
Unit of work:

Criteria Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary
Reading short texts Needs assistance reading and comprehending text    Reads and needs assistance comprehending text Reads and comprehends short texts independently Reads and comprehends technical texts independently
Creating short  texts Written text is difficult to understand and has little sentence structure Needs some assistance in creating text for an audience and improving sentence structure Writes informative or creative text for an audience with good sentence structure Very independent at creating text for an audience with very good sentence structure
Verbal communication of simple ideas Requires more confidence to communicate ideas Needs to think about their ideas more before they communicate Explains their ideas Explains their ideas and makes new connections with other ideas and exper
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