Traditional rubrics spell out criteria for every area of assessment and every grade or level of student achievement. A single-point rubric only contains what the student is expected to do to succeed. That makes it faster to write, faster to use, and easier for students to read and understand. All that without sacrificing space to add personal comments so the student can see what they still need to work on and where they exceeded your expectations.
Why Use a Single-Point Rubric?
* Traditional rubrics take a long time to write. For each area, you have to think of every possible variation of student activity. A single-point rubric requires you to write only one column of expectations.
* Due to all that text, rubrics can take a surprisingly long time to grade as you try to figure out which box a student’s work fits into. Single-point rubrics allow you to make targeted comments to specify the students’ problem areas and areas of high achievement.
* Students often don’t read all the text that a traditional rubric contains. Single-point rubrics have less text and they focus attention what the student is supposed to be doing.
* Such a clear focus on expectations builds student autonomy as students are more easily able to self-assess.
You can check out this video on how single-point rubrics work
This zip file contains:
Complete instructions on how to use single-point rubrics.
2 templates for single-point rubrics in Word DOC format. All you have to do is add the areas of assessment and criteria for success. One includes a place to put weighted grades and one does not.
4 sample rubrics for writing assignments in PDF. Each one is designed for a different level or grade and aligned to CEFR standards for English as a Second Language: Beginner (A2), Elementary (B1), Intermediate (B2), and Advanced (C1). You can use these in your classroom as-is or mine them for ideas for your own rubric.
I love single-point rubrics and now that I've started using them, I'm never going back. I'd love to see what you do with them.