Venue: The American International School of Muscat, Oman

Sue Brookhart

Education consultant, and Professor Emerita, School of Education, Duquesne University.

Full Bio

SUSAN M. BROOKHART, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita in the School of Education at Duquesne University and an independent educational consultant and author based in Helena, Montana. She is author or co-author of seventeen books and over 70 articles and book chapters on classroom assessment, teacher professional development, and evaluation.

She serves on the editorial boards of several journals and on several national advisory panels. She was named the 2014 Jason Millman Scholar by the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) and is the recipient of the 2015 Samuel J. Messick Memorial Lecture Award from ETS/TOEFL.

Her interests include the role of both formative and summative classroom assessment in student motivation and achievement, the connection between classroom assessment and large-scale assessment, and grading.

Dr Brookhart works with schools, districts, regional educational service units, universities, and states doing professional development. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from The Ohio State University, after teaching in both elementary and middle schools.

She was a full-time faculty member at Duquesne University and now balances part-time university work with full-time consulting.

Institute Description

Creating and Using Rubrics to Support Student Learning

Rubrics are coherent sets of criteria for students’ work that include descriptions of levels of performance quality on the criteria. As such, they are an excellent means for connecting formative assessment (for learning) and summative assessment (grading).

The same criteria and performance quality that students aim for in a formative manner as they learn can become the basis for the students’ grades if students and teachers have a shared understanding of the criteria and performance descriptions. Rubrics are an excellent vehicle for involving students in their own assessment. This fosters student self-regulation of learning and helps develop students’ lifelong learning capabilities.

Rubrics are useful for teaching and assessing academic outcomes, especially those requiring authentic student performances, as well as thinking skills, creativity, collaboration, and approaches to learning.

Target Audience: All levels

Continuum Levels: 3, 4, 5

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Participants will learn. . .

  • How to create or select effective criteria for rubrics;
  • How to write performance level descriptions for rubrics;
  • How to distinguish rubrics from checklists and rating scales;
  • How to co-create rubrics with students;
  • How to use rubrics to share learning targets with students;
  • How to use rubrics for student self-assessment and goal setting;
  • How to use rubrics to support student thinking skills, approaches to learning, creativity, collaboration, and other "21st century skills".

Advance Prep/Prereqs

No prerequisites required. Participants who wish to bring rubrics they currently use or are developing, for the purpose of receiving feedback and revising them, are welcome to do so.


Save paper and effort where possible!

For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference

(A) Creating and Using Rubrics to Support Student Learning

(B) PowerPoint Presentation (3MB)

(B) Annotated Examples of Rubrics for Thinking Skills, Approaches to Learning, Creativity, Collaboration, and Other "21st Century Skills" (4MB)

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