In one recent post I talked about the use of rating scales to take behavioral data. Rubrics are another great way to take data particularly on the quality of a skill. I love using rubrics for assessing social and communication skills in particular.
Rubrics are a type of rating scale but with a grouping of skills or behaviors you are tracking. In this post I want to outline best practices for creating rubrics that can work effectively in your classroom. And if you want to get started with rubrics, there are templates in the Instructional Data Sheet Mega-Pack in my TpT Store.
what are rubrics?
Rubrics are a type of observational data and are based on reviewing the product or the behavior by whether it meets specific criteria. Most of us have seen them in college or graduate classrooms that instructors used to grade our assignments. General education teachers use them to grade projects, presentations and written assignments.
Rubrics can be amazing tools for assessing social skills and job performance. This post can show you how to use them effectively. #autismclassroom #tamethedatamonster #datamonster #speddata
What Can you use rubrics to measure?
Rubrics are great for measuring the quality of a student's performance. Because of that, they work well for social skills and the quality of communication interactions. They also can work for assessing the quality Some examples might include:
creating the rubric scale
The scale of the rubric is one of the most important elements. There are several approaches to scales that are worth considering.
best practices for rubrics
Rubrics can be pretty flexible and you can definitely do a wide variety of things with them. But there are some elements that make up best practice, in my experience. These practices will make for more reliable and meaningful data.
So rubrics can be a really useful tool in your box for taking data on skills and performance that don't lend themselves to just counting. You can outline the skills the student needs to perform to be successful and score his performance in comparison to those elements. Then you can quantify the results for comaparison by adding up the score.
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Until next time,