Use Rubrics to Promote Thinking and Learning

Research tells us that writing instruction is more effective when we use rubrics as a teaching tool and a tool for assessment.  Students who have the goal of passing the TASC should know the TASC Essay Scoring Rubrics well and will benefit from using them in self-assessment and to “score” exemplar essays and/or peers’ writing.

Teachers should use rubrics consistently to assess student writing and provide them with consistent and unbiased feedback.  You can also use free online tools like rubistar to create your own personalized rubrics.  This short article will explain why we need to use rubrics as well as ways to use them effectively.

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About Shannon Allen

Shannon specializes in literacy instruction for struggling adolescent and adult learners. Shannon has worked in adult literacy since 2002 and with the LAC since 2006. She loves her work and this field!

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  1. Rubrics have become the way to score everything from essays to science projects. A rubric can provide a clear, detailed description of how to attain a particular score. The article provided a good explanation of the use of rubrics.

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