This simple, 1-4 scale grading rubric was developed uniquely for life skills classes. It is easy to follow and can be applied across all subjects and ability levels. It also conveniently calculates to 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% brackets. Whether it's an assignment, a functional task, homework, or even a field trip--this rubric can apply the contribution of the student's ideas to where they land on the scale.
When students are impacted by moderate or severe disabilities, they should not be held to the same standards of rigor as their typical grade-level peers. Their proficiency in academic achievement is still challenged (as it should be), but the emphasis is on effort instead of accuracy. In other words, the student's level of developmental and psychological aptitude is taken into account. If a student can relate to most of the content and establishes a level of output that is consistently making progress toward their subject mastery or IEP goals, they are rewarded for attaining the stage that they are capable of. Moreover, this scale takes care of the desire educators have that their students respond to corrective feedback and relate to community guidelines around them (E.g. classroom rules or expectations to work to the best of their ability level).
Across the top are the numerical standards for achievement in each column (1-4). Beneath that are descriptors which can be used as a guide to confirm that student efforts are a match for that grade. Finally, flowing horizontally across the bottom of the page is a color-coded graphic that can correspond to other popular school based behavioral interventions or social/emotional systems of support, so that concrete attributes can be aligned with these behavior levels.