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  What is a Rubric?

Older, literal definitions do not define educational rubrics...

Question:  What WAS a ru·bric (rbrk) n. ?

What is a rubric today?  
Characteristics of a rubric used for classroom evaluations:

  • Bridge between standards and assessment
  • Components:  dimensions, scale, descriptors
  • When?  both formative and summative
  • Who? students, as well as teachers should use the rubric
  • A way to define excellence, especially in dealing with processes or abstract concepts
  • Provides a common "language" to help diverse groups talk about a complex process