Since rubrics are used to establish a consistent set of learning expectations that all students need to demonstrate, they may also be used by school leaders and teachers as a way to maintain consistency and objectivity when teaching or assessing learning across grade levels, courses, or assignments. While some schools give individual teachers the discretion to create and use their own rubrics, other schools utilize “common rubrics” or “common assessments” to promote greater consistency in the application and evaluation of learning throughout a school. In most cases, common rubrics are collaboratively developed by a school faculty, academic department, or team . Some schools have common rubrics for academic subjects, while in other schools the rubrics are utilized across all the academic disciplines. Common rubrics and assessments can also help schools, departments, and teaching teams refine their lessons and instructional practices to target specific learning areas in which their students tend to struggle. Rubrics are often locally designed by a district or school, but they may be provided by outside organizations as part of a specific program or improvement model.
Analytical Rubric for Contour Maps (earth science) Neatness Map is crystal clear, no isolines touch or cross, no stray pen or pencil marks and overall appearance shows care and attention to detail. Numbers are legible, yet unobtrusive, symbols are unmistakable. 3 points Map is clear, although signs of carelessness may appear. Isolines do not cross, and stray pencil marks are minimal or mostly erased. Numbers are legible, symbols conform with handout guidelines. 2 points Map lacks clarity. Isolines are nebulous, extraneous marks litter the page. Numbers are messy, symbols confusing. 1 point Map is an utter mess. No attempt at neatness is evident. Includes a blank page. 0 points Completeness Every isoline is present on map, and clearly labeled. Proper lines are used for topographic elements, and symbols represent all known or discernible structures. 3 points Requires isolines are present, some labels may be missing. Most identifiable structures in landscape are represented by appropriate symbols. 2 points Some isolines missing, labels intermittent. Few structures are represented by the appropriate symbols. 1 point More isolines are missing than are present, labels rare to nonexistent. Symbols for other structures are not present whatsoever. 0 points Accuracy Map clearly corresponds to given landscape. Geologic formations are clearly identifiable, and distances between objects on map are directly related to reality. 3 points Map represents landscape. General contours are identifiable, although details may be slightly off. Distances are mostly consistent with reality. 2 points Map is a gross interpretation of reality. Hills and valleys exist, but shapes vary from given landscape. Distances between objects are only roughly proportional to given landscape. 1 point Are you sure you were mapping the landscape I gave you? 0 points by Joel Stachura, 1995