Grading Rubrics: Sample Criteria

Included below are sample criteria for you to consider as you develop a grading rubric. As you develop your rubric, consider the essential knowledge and skills required for the assignment/assessment for which you are developing the rubric and develop and define the criteria accordingly. Then consider how you will weight these criteria relative to each other (for a good example and description of weighted rubrics, see page 11 of An Introduction to Rubrics by Stevens & Levi, which is available as an online resource through the Brown library).

This resource from the University of North Carolina Wilmington offers examples of sample grading criteria organized by assignment and discipline: ​


  • clarity, organization, grammar
  • context of & purpose for writing, content development, genre & disciplinary conventions, sources & evidence, control of syntax & mechanics
  • communication, critical thinking, content
  • thesis, structure, use of evidence, analysis, logic and argumentation, mechanics

Presentations (individual)

  • content, organization, graphics, English, elocution, eye contact
  • introduction, organization, context, evidence, analysis, presentation
  • organization, language, delivery, supporting material, central message
  • organization, subject knowledge, graphics, mechanics, eye contact, elocution

Presentation (group)

  • individual presentation skills, group presentation skills, group organization, individual organization, individual content


  • respect for other team, information, rebuttal, use of facts/statistics, organization, understanding of topic, presentation style

Leading a Class Discussion

  • preparation, content, discussion/debate methods, discussion questions, communication skills

Problem Solving

  • define problem, identify strategies, propose solutions/hypotheses, evaluate potential solutions, implement solution, evaluate outcomes
  • statement of problem, correctness of proof
  • understanding; strategies, reasoning, procedures; communication
  • analysis, interpretation, application

Lab Reports

  • organization, content, analysis, interpretation
  • abstract/summary; introduction; experimental procedure; results (data, figures, graphs, tables, etc.); discussion; conclusions; spelling, grammar & sentence structure; appearance & formatting
  • introduction, research, purpose/problem, procedure, data & results, conclusion, grammar & spelling, attractiveness, timeliness