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Rubrics for the Art Teacher

Because art teachers measure student skills using independent judgment, they need another method to grade student work. Performance-based assessment has been shown to be much more effective in evaluating student performance. Art teachers have always been ahead of the game with performance-based assessments by using portfolios.

To make their judgment more consistent and fair, art teachers need to create rubrics for grading. To make a rubric, a teacher first needs to know exactly what constitutes "A" work. Rubrics can improve student work by letting students know exactly what's expected of them.

Rubrics provide feedback to students about their work in specific areas of a project. You can also allow students to revise their projects based on your feedback on their rubrics. It is important to use clear and measurable language with rubrics. For example, the level of quality called, "creative project" must be defined. What exactly is creative?

Rubrics have a column for the criteria for your lesson - the aspect of the assignment you want graded. The rows are generally the level of quality with the assignment from excellent to poor. Students may assess their own work with rubrics.

Picture of rubricThe hardest part is creating your rubric. Once you do, you've made grading much easier and save time in the long run- especially if you reuse them for other classes.


Creating and Scoring Rubrics

Assessment Resources [Archive]
Automating Authentic Assessment With Rubrics
Developing Classroom Performance Assts. and Scoring Rubrics
Guidelines for Rubric Development [Archive]
Understanding Scoring Rubrics: A Guide for Teachers pdf
Websites with Assessment Materials by ArtsWork. [Archive]

Pertinent Links

Students and Teachers Alike Can Benefit from Rubrics
Creating Rubrics by Teachervision
Kathy Schrock's Guide For Educators- Rubric information. Kathy has retired the site so this is the archive.
Rubrics - a page of resources by Shambles.net
Sample Rubrics by Rubistar
Scoring Rubrics- [Archive] A Harvard article
Teacher Created Rubrics - [Archive] This page includes cooperative learning rubrics, writing rubrics, art rubrics, and more.
Understanding Rubrics

Rubric Templates & Generators

IAD's Lesson Plan Rubric Templates

Generic Rubric Template [Archive]
General Rubric Generator
iRubric from Rcampus
Rubistar - the most used rubric creator on the web
teAchnology- A page of links to rubric makers

Art Rubric Samples

IAD's Rubrics

Art Lesson Plan Rubric from California State University
Authentic Assessment Toolbox - with photography and fine arts rubrics
Chip's T3 Rubric, [Archive] digital art rubric
Digital Arts Rubric
Goshen College's Art Rubric and here
Rubric for Grading Art - IAD's rubric
Rubrics [Archive] by TUSD
Rubrics for Teachers [Archive]
Visual Art Assessment Examples [Archive]
Visual Art Rubrics [Archive] from the Alaska Department of Education
Visual Arts Rubric [Archive] from the Rhode Island Visual Arts Prof. Learning Community pdf
Visual Arts Rubrics from Kamehameha Middle School

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