Sometimes, rubrics are the worst. You have to read every single box (on top of reading to assignment itself) and make a large judgement call, depending on the wording on the rubric itself. You think it can't get worse.
Then you see the ACT Writing rubric, if you really even want to call it a rubric. A huge block of text for each level that does not allow for easy back and forth. A single sentence can contain up to 3 different markers or elements they look for.
This rubric breaks down all of their text and sorts it into writing categories, such as sentence variety, as opposed to levels. The checklist style incorporates the point values for each element.
Better prepare your students by practicing these elements in class. Use this rubric to write practice passages or to judge existing writing assignments for those elements.
This rubric saves time - ACT graders train for days to have less than 2 minutes to grade each essay. You can do it in less with this rubric.