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Grade with Rubrics

Your institution controls which tools are available in the Original Course View. Rubrics are always available to instructors in the Ultra Course View.

Grade with a rubric

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about grading with rubrics.

After you create a rubric and associate it with an item, you can use it for grading.

If you have multiple rubrics, you can select a rubric’s title to begin grading. When you finish, you can begin grading with another associated rubric.

Access the gradable item in the Grade Center or on the Needs Grading page. In some cases, you can also start grading from the content item, such as a blog. Select View Rubric or the rubric's title to review or begin grading. If you view the rubric in a new window, you have two views: Grid View and List View.

  • In Grid View, select a cell to apply that point value to the grade. For a point-range rubric, select a value from the menu. To change the selection, select another cell in the same row. Optionally, type feedback for the student in the box that appears when you select a cell.
  • Optionally, select List View to switch the display and select an option for each criterion to apply that point value to the grade. Optionally, select the check boxes to Show Descriptions for criteria and to Show Feedback boxes.

Grade an assignment with a rubric

Start grading in the Grade Center or on the Needs Grading page.

On the Grade Assignment page, you can view, comment on, and use a rubric to grade student-submitted assignment files.

  1. Expand the grading panel to access the rubric.
  2. Select the rubric title to expand it in the panel. Optionally, select the check boxes to Show Descriptions for criteria and to Show Feedback boxes. Or, select the View Rubric in Window icon to open the rubric in a separate window and grade from there.
  3. Select an achievement level. A running Raw Total score appears as you make point selections. Optionally, type a score in the Change the number of points box to override the selected score.

  4. Select Save Rubric to add the rubric score to the Attempt field.
  5. Optionally, type overall feedback for the student.
  6. Select Submit.

When you override the rubric grade in the Change the number of points box, an override message appears when you view the rubric from the student's Grade Details page.

More on the Grade Details page


Grade a test question with a rubric

You can grade Essay, Short Answer, and File Response test questions with a rubric. On the Test Canvas, questions that you've associated with a rubric appear with the rubric icon next to the points box.

When you grade student test submissions, select View Rubric to open the rubric in a new window.

Student view of a test question with a rubric

For questions with rubrics, students can select View Rubric and view the grading criteria before they answer.


Watch a video about grading with rubrics

This video explains how to access a rubric that's been associated with a graded discussion and use it for grading in the Original Course View.

Video: How to grade using a rubric


Run a rubric evaluation report

If you want to evaluate a rubric or your use of it, you can run a rubric evaluation report. After you use a rubric for grading, you can review the report. Statistics update as the grading process continues.

Control Panel > Course Tools > Rubrics

  1. Access the rubric's menu and select View Associated Content.
  2. If you've already graded an item, a menu appears next to the item's name on the View All Items page. Access an item's menu and select Rubric Evaluation Report.
  3. On the Run Reports page, select a Format, Start Date, and End Date.
  4. Select Submit.
  5. You can save the report to the Content Collection if you have access. Otherwise, select Download Report to view the report or Run a new Report to change format or date criteria. Select OK to return to the main Rubrics page.

The report consists of three sections:

  • Rubric Overall Performance shows the average total score of all attempts scored with the rubric.
  • Rubric Analysis shows average scores, compared against the possible points, for each criterion.
  • Frequency Distribution shows the distribution of scores across each level of achievement.

ULTRA: Grade with a rubric

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about grading with rubrics.

After you create a rubric and associate it with an assessment, you can use it for grading. The assignment or test page displays the rubric you chose.

Select the Submissions link to begin grading. On the Submissions page, select student names to access their individual submissions and the rubric.

On the student's submission page, the grade pill displays a rubric icon. Select the grade pill to open the rubric in a panel next to the student's work. The first rubric criterion expands so that you can select an achievement level's score.

As you select an achievement level, the rubric's grade pill updates, the criterion collapses, and the next criterion expands.

Select the Select a value link to collapse and expand any criterion. After a score appears for a criterion, select the criterion's score pill to expand the criterion again.

The total grade pill color at the top of the rubric panel and the criteria grade pills are based on the percentages in the chosen grading schema. For example, the colors map to the default grading schema in this way:

  • > 90% = green
  • 89-80% = yellow/green
  • 79-70% = yellow
  • 69-60% = orange
  • 59-50% = red

The rubric score saves automatically as you make selections. Select the X to close the rubric panel. The grade you assign with the rubric appears on the student's submission page and in the gradebook.

On the student's submission page, select the Add Comment link to type notes and feedback for the student. When you're ready for the student to view the grade, select the More options icon and select Post. If you want to give the student another attempt, select Delete and the submission is permanently deleted.

You can return to the assignment or test at any time to change the grade, even after you post it.

After you use a rubric for grading, you can't edit it, but you can make a copy that you can edit and rename.


ULTRA: Student view of rubric

After you grade items and post the results, students can view their scores on their grades pages or in the activity stream. They can also access a graded assignment or test on the Course Content page to review their submissions, the rubric, your feedback, and their grades.

More on assignments and the activity stream

When students view their graded submissions, they can select the grade pill to open the rubric alongside the assignment or test. Students can expand individual criterion to review the achievement levels. The awarded achievement levels are highlighted.


ULTRA: Override rubric grades

Override grades are grades you assign manually, for example, if you type in the grade pill in the gradebook. An override label appears next to the grade.

In the grade pill, you can type a numeric value of no more than five digits. You can include two additional digits after the decimal point.

If you override a grade with an associated rubric, the override grade appears in the rubric's grade pill. When you view the content, the Rubric Details panel states that the grade is overridden.

You can also override an existing grade from the associated rubric. Type a new score in the rubric's grade pill. You'll see the override message in the rubric and the override label in the gradebook. Though you can't use the rubric now, you can expand the criteria to see the descriptions.

In the rubric's grade pill, you can type a numeric value of no more than five digits. You can include one additional digit after the decimal point. The total rubric grade is always rounded to one decimal point.

If you decide you want to change the grade and use the rubric to assign grades, select regrade with the rubric. The rubric becomes active, and you can use it to provide grades for the assessment. The new grade appears in the gradebook and the override label is removed.

Posted grades

If you choose to post grades and then override those grades, the changed grades appear to students. If you entirely remove a grade that you posted, students no longer see a grade for the item. The item returns to "ungraded." After you assign new grades, you'll need to post those grades again.


ULTRA: Associate a rubric after grading begins

If you've assigned grades, and then decide to associate a rubric, any grades you've already assigned are considered override grades. In the gradebook, an override label appears next to the grade.

In the Rubric Details panel, you can choose to regrade any graded submissions with the newly associated rubric. When you select regrade with the rubric, the rubric becomes active and you can use it to provide grades. The new grades appear in the gradebook and the override label is removed.