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.


  • 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