1 - Checklists, the least complex form of scoring system, are simple lists indicating the presence, NOT the quality, of the elements.
Therefore, checklists are NOT frequently used in higher education for program-level assessment.
For example, what is the minimum score that would be considered acceptable for a “C.” Tips: Keep list of characteristics manageable by only including critical evaluative components. Retrieved April 12, 2010 from Tierney, Robin & Marielle Simon.
Extremely long, overly-detailed lists make a rating scale hard to use.
Tip: Adding numbers to the ratings can make scoring easier.
However, if you plan to also use the rating scale for course-level assessment grading as well, a meaning must be attached to that score.
Essays and essay questions are evaluated with an eye both to the student’s mastery of the specific subject matter covered by the course, and to the student’s mastery of more general skills in philosophical thinking and writing.
A higher standard of thinking and writing is required for upper-division than for lower-division courses.
The below link is to a MSWord file that contains a template for a rubric and instructions for how to use and modify the template to meet individual grading needs.
Instructors can download this file and modify it as needed to construct their own rubric.