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RubiStar is a online rubric maker. RubiStar helps teachers who want to use rubrics but do not have the time to develop them from scratch. RubiStar provides generic rubrics that can be printed and used for many typical projects and research assignments. The unique thing about RubiStar, however, is that it provides these generic rubrics in a format that can be customized. Teachers can change almost all suggested text in the rubric to make it fit their own project. Register for free.

Connections to Strategies

  • Setting Objectives -- rubrics identify targeted tasks that lead to a desired outcome
  • Providing Feedback -- rubrics provide teachers with an objective method for evaluating student work

Learn about RubiStar

A rubric is a scoring guide that describes criteria for student performance and differentiates among levels of performance within those criteria. Because rubrics set forth specific criteria, define precise requirements for meeting those criteria, and often assign numerical scores to each level of performance, they provide teachers with an effective and objective method for evaluating skills that do not generally lend themselves to objective assessment methods. Rubrics simplify assessment of student work and provide students, parents, and administrators with an answer to the age-old "Why did you give it this grade?" question. And, at their very best, rubrics provide students with standards and expectations they can use to evaluate their performance while completing the assignment.

Watch these two videos, from the makers of RubiStar, to learn how to create and edit online rubrics. The site has changed slightly since these videos were made, but you should be able to figure out the differences.

Access to YouTube is required to watch these videos.
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Activity - Use RubiStar to Set Objectives and Provide Feedback

  1. Register for an account at RubiStar -- http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=NewAccountForm&module=User
  2. Create a rubric by modifying an existing rubric or creating a brand new one.
  3. Save your rubric online.
  4. On your wiki, go to the Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback page and add the link to your rubric.
  5. Below your rubric link, share your thoughts about rubrics and RubiStar:
    Do you create many rubrics? Is RubiStar a tool you would continue to use? Why or why not?

For additional help with this activity, refer to the step-by-step instructions: rubistar.pdf