Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics
So let’s talk about rubrics for a few minutes. What we’re going to do here is describe two frequently used kinds of rubrics, holistic and analytic, plus a less common one called the single-point rubric (my favorite, for the record). For each one, we’ll look at an example, explore its pros and cons, and provide a blank template you can use to create your own. Off we go! A holistic rubric is the most general kind. It lists three to five levels of performance, along with a broad description of the characteristics that define each level. Suppose you’re an unusually demanding person. When your breakfast is done, you simply gather your loved ones and say, “I’m sorry my darlings, but that breakfast was just a 2. The main advantage of a holistic rubric is that it’s easy on the teacher — in the short run, anyway. The main disadvantage of a holistic rubric is that it doesn’t provide targeted feedback to students, which means they’re unlikely to learn much from the assignment. Sources: Mertler, C.
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