Monday, April 18, 2011

Kind of Rubric: Holistic Rubric

A Holistic Rubric is the kind that provides and overall impression of a student’s work. It yields a single score or rating for a product or performance. It should be well suited to judging simple products or performances, such as a student’s response to an open-ended test prompt. It should provide a quick snapshot of overall quality or achievement and they should often use in large-scale assessment contexts to evaluate a large number of student responses. Furthermore, this kind of rubric is very effective in judging the effect of a product or performance. Unfortunately, this kind of rubric doesn’t provide a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a product or performance. Because a single score is generally inadequate for conveying to students what they have done well and what they need to work on to improve, scores are less effective at providing specific feedback to students.

Example for Holistic Rubric for Graphic Display of Data

3 – All data are accurately represented on the graph. All parts of the graph (units of measurement, rows) are correctly labeled. The graph contains a title that clearly tells what the data show. The graph is very neat and easy to read.

2 – Data are accurately represented on the graph or the graph contains minor errors. All parts of the graph are correctly labeled or the graph contains minor inaccuracies. The graph contains a title that generally tells what the data show. The graph is generally neat and readable.

1 – The data are inaccurately represented, contain major errors or are missing. Only some parts of the graph are correctly labeled, or labels are missing. The title does not reflect what the data show, or the title is missing. The graph is sloppy and difficult to read.

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