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Rubrics in assessment

John Gough
A rubric is a way of assessing what an individual student has learned about a particular topic. It is a weighted or quantified checklist, a slightly elaborated and tabulated way of collecting and using learning outcomes, usually augmented by exemplars of observable behaviours. It lists sub tasks within an activity, with graded descriptions of how well a student can do or has learned them. Rubrics have an obvious potential in terms of cognitive learning, and possible applications to the assessment of affective learning and the development of students’ attitudes and values.

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Secondary education
Mathematics teaching