A quantitative measurement tool which allows for flexibility and subjectivity, as well as self-assessment and comparison to a developmental standard or an objective. For example, if one was to rate oneself on a scale of 1 to 5 about how comfortable one feels in social situations, from extremely anxious to completely comfortable, we’d be using a rubric for self-assessment. This is contrasted to more knowledge-based assessments which measure whether the person answers correctly.

You can recognize a rubric by the dimensions or criteria that the scorer is using to evaluate performance, the rating scale which represents levels of performance, and the definitions of each level which help to clarify each level of performance.

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