Rubrics
Description:
In education terms, a rubric clarifies expectations for a learning outcome in chart format, using a learning continuum. Each level of the rubric provides a description of characteristics for that particular level. Students, teachers and parents should be able to use rubrics to understand the expectation for the learning outcome, and how a student can move to the next level.
Rubrics are often created by educators, at times to assess a specific task, and other times to assess a more general learning outcome.
Examples:
 Holistic mathematics rubrics for the number strand (Grades 1 – 9) were developed collaboratively by teachers and ministry personnel to support the math outcome “By June 2020, 80% will be at grade level or above in reading, writing, and math.” The educators developing the rubrics were directed by the Outcome owners to create holistic, fourlevel rubrics, with levels 3 and 4 being at grade level. The holistic math rubrics are available for Grades 1 – 9 English and French.
 Sample outcome questions and rubrics for Grade 1 – 9: Mathematics outcomes are available for educators. While this project is still in process, it should be noted that as assessments/rubrics are completed they are posted on the above site, with the goal of having all complete within the 20202021 school year. The assessments can be used as they are, or can be changed to best meet student and teacher needs. The rubrics are designed to accompany these outcome assessments, however rubrics could also be used for outcome assessments designed by teachers
SCORING RUBRIC: SS3.5 − Demonstrate understanding of 2D shapes (regular and irregular) including triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and octagons.
All parts of the rubric are done concretely, pictorially, physically, and orally.
1 With help, I can understand simpler ideas of the outcome and do a few of the simpler skills. 
2 I can demonstrate my understanding of the simpler ideas in the outcome. I am working on the more complex ideas and skills. 
3 I understand the outcome and can use what has been learned. 
4 I have a deep understanding of the outcome, and I can use what has been learned in new situations. 


Describing and comparing  Identifies different categories of shapes (e.g., square, triangle, rectangle) and is working on identifying groups of shapes (e.g., quadrilaterals, pentagon, hexagon, octagon).  Compares different familiar shapes (e.g., square, rectangle, triangle) to each other. 
Describes characteristics of 2D shapes (e.g., triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, octagons) both regular and irregular. Compares 2D shapes in terms of their characteristics. 
Describes characteristics of 2D shapes in different orientations. Compares 2D shapes and explains the difference between regular and irregular. 
Sorting

Applies a personal sorting rule and is working on analyzing an already applied sorting rule.  Identifies the sorting rule for regular and irregular polygons. 
Explains the sorting rule using definitions and classifications of regular and irregular polygons. Sorts images that include 2D shapes from a 3D object. 
SCORING RUBRIC for Outcome: SS9.2 – Extend understanding of area to surface area of right rectangular prisms, right cylinders, right triangular prisms, to composite 3D objects.
1 With help, I understand simpler ideas of the outcome and do a few of the simpler skills. 
2 I can show my understanding of the simpler ideas in the outcome. I am working on the more complex ideas and skills. 
3 I understand the outcome and can use what has been learned.

4 I have a deep understanding of the outcome, and I can use what has been learned in new situations. 

Analyzing surface area  Identifies the composition of a 3D object in terms of simple 3D objects.  Identifies places of overlap of simple 3D objects in the creation of composite 3D objects.  Explains the impact of the places of overlap in composite 3D objects and provides and explains contextual examples of when the overlap is and isn’t considered in a surface area calculation.  
Finding surface area  Identifies the composition of a 3D object in terms of simple 3D objects.  Determines the surface area of singular 3D objects (right rectangular prisms, right cylinders, and right triangular prisms).  Determines the surface area of composite 3D objects.  Approximates the surface area of composite 3D objects, including those with cutouts and/or more complex shapes. 
Further reading/Professional resources:
 Using Rubrics for Assessment – a university of Alberta resource, with additional links to more resources
School division resources:
 North East School Division provides some guidelines for rubric creation.
 Mathematics outcome rubrics for a variety of grade levels, provided by Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools.
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