This rubric can be used as both a teacher assessment or student self-assessment tool in the twenty first century skill of critical thinking. Each bullet point describes a specific skill the students can work toward in achieving excellent critical thinking skills. Each skill corresponds horizontally across the rubric starting at exceeding expectations to progressing toward expectations. It is recommended to work on one specific skill (bullet point) each time you use this tool. However, when engaging in a larger project, you may choose to focus on more than one skill on the rubric.