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What is a rubric?

Rubrics: As easy as apple pie!

Here's an example of a rubric for an apple pie. "Below Expectations," "Meets Expectations" and "Above Expectations" are the rating scale indicators of recipe, apple filling and crust criteria. The indicators are filled in with descriptors of each level of quality.

Rubric for Apple Pie

  Below Expectations Meets Expectations Above Expectations
Recipe Followed Correctly Recipe has not been followed correctly and the pie does not have the correct proportion of sugar, spices and crust The recipe has been mostly followed correctly with approximately the correct proportion of sugar, spices and crust The recipe has been followed correctly and the pie has the correct proportion of sugar, spices and crust
Apple Filling The apples for the filling were not cut and prepared correctly The apples for the filling were mostly cut and prepared correctly The apples for the filling were all cut and prepared correctly
Crust Top and bottom crusts are not light and flaky Top and bottom crusts are mostly light and flaky Top and bottom crusts are very light and flaky
Pie Baked Evenly Pie is not baked evenly throughout and does not have an even-colored golden brown crust Pie is baked mostly evenly throughout and the crust has a mostly even-colored golden brown crust Pie is baked evenly throughout with an even-colored golden brown crust

See some examples of rubrics used in academic settings:

 

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