Foundations of Rubric Design

This workshop will focus on how to design rubrics to make evaluative reasoning explicit and enable practitioners to transparently draw evaluative conclusions. A rubric is a tool that outlines the criteria and standards used to judge performance. It is a matrix that outlines how evaluative determinations are made, which can enhance stakeholder buy in.

Guest blog: Why rubrics are useful in evaluations

Judy Oakden's picture 13th March 2013 by Judy Oakden

In Aoteoroa New Zealand the use of rubrics has been adopted across a number of institutions to help ensure there is transparent and clear assessment which respects and includes diverse lines of evidence in evaluation. This case, written as part of the BetterEvaluation writeshop process, discusses how the use of rubrics was helpful throughout all stages of an evaluation of the First-time Principals’ Induction Programme.


A rubric sets out clearly criteria and standards for assessing different levels of performance.  Rubrics have often been used in education for grading student work, and in recent years have been applied in evaluation to make transparent the process of synthesising evidence into an overall evaluative judgement.