Module 6:

Single Point Rubrics

What are single point rubrics?

Single point rubrics focus on a single level of performance by outlining criteria for proficiency through a single description. This type of rubric is highly effective because it allows students and teachers to focus on what is most important in a single task or assignment.

Single point rubrics are designed with three columns. The center column lists the proficiency criteria. The other two columns offer a space for the teacher to include personalized feedback. A teacher uses the left column to share areas needing improvement and can use the right column to list where a student has exceeded expectations.

The use of single point rubrics can be advantageous because they offer simplicity, flexibility, and clear expectations. Grading can be completed efficiently with personalized feedback and easy-to-follow criteria for students. They also encourage learners to employ a growth mindset, as they focus on their growth and improvements in learning rather than just a final score.

How can you use single point rubrics effectively?

In order to use single point rubrics effectively, it is important to establish the criteria for what comprises proficient work in the assignment or task. Focus on making the criteria clear, specific, and measurable. Then, introduce the rubric to your learners, explaining the assessment criteria and how the rubric will be utilized to assess their work. Consider showing a model of a completed task and the rubric. You can even involve students in assessing it with you to help ensure that they understand the expectations.

When using the single point rubric, assess the work by comparing it to the proficiency criteria that you have previously established. Identify areas where the work meets the criteria and look closely at where it exceeds or falls short of the expectations. Provide personalized feedback in the left column of the rubric, and note areas where the learner’s work could use some improvements. Offer constructive and specific guidance on ways the student can meet the proficiency criteria. Focus on areas where the student’s work exceeds expectations in the right column to help reinforce their strengths and achievements.

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