Grading Criteria and Rubrics

Grading, Marking, Scoring & Rubrics/Primary Trait Analyses

From: “Transcending the Acquisition of Information: Evaluating Students’ Information Literacy Skills” (at 2003 GVSU Fall Teaching Conference)

Why is it important to grade the quality of sources which students incorporate into their assignments?
  • Grades give status & importance; they drive student engagement
  • Makes clear to students what is being assessed & faculty expectations

Small & large group discussion of what should be assessed regarding sources in student papers:

  • Number of sources
  • Limiting types of sources
  • Quality of sources
  • Accuracy of the sources
  • Recency or historical viewpoint
  • Diversity of opinions in sources
  • Opposing points of view represented
  • Addressing the source (actually describing the source if it is not from a predefined list of approved types of sources, e.g., .org and .gov websites may be pre-approved by domain but if a student wants to use a .com, student must tell why s/he thinks that source is appropriate)
  • Integration of sources into paper–supporting the claims, quotes not just “dropped in”
  • Bibliography present
  • Citations in bibliography are referenced in paper
  • Style of bibliography for discipline; correct format Link to Bibliography

Bibliography

Association of College & Research Libraries. (2000, January). Information literacy competency standards for higher education

Australian Library and Information Association. (2003). Statement on information literacy for all Australians (.pdf)

Balsano, C. (2003, March). Research process rubric. Library Media Connection, 21(6), 65.

Beck, S. (1997). Evaluation Criteria. The good, the bad & the ugly: Or, why it’s a good idea to evaluate web sources

Fermilab Education Office, Teacher Resource Center. (2002, June 28). Assessing your work: Research paper rubric

Fermilab Education Office, Teacher Resource Center. (2002, June 28). Assessing your work: Rubric for conducting a research study

Hammett, P. (1999). Teaching tools for evaluating world wide web resources. Teaching Sociology, 27(1), 31-37.

Nutefall, J. (n.d.) Information literacy paper trail

Rio Salado College. (2003, June 3).General education competency standards and rubrics: Information literacy competency

Rockman, I.F. (2002, October). Rubrics for assessing information competence in the California State University (.doc)

SCORE (Schools of California Online Resources for Education). (n.d.) Rubrics

Uniondale School Library Media Centers. (n.d.) Assessment and evaluation: Rubric: Information skills (.doc)

Uniondale School Library Media Centers. (n.d.) Assessment and evaluation: Rubric: Research process and product (.doc)

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