Grading vs. Assessment of Learning Outcomes: What’s the difference?
There is often confusion over the difference between grades and learning assessment, with some believing that they are totally unrelated and others thinking they are one and the same. The truth is, it depends. Grades are often based on more than learning outcomes. Instructors’ grading criteria often include behaviors or activities that are not measures of learning outcomes, such as attendance, participation, improvement, or effort. Although these may be correlated with learning outcomes, and can be valued aspects of the course, typically they are not measures of learning outcomes themselves.
Introduction to Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATS) by Angelo and Cross
Types and purposes of rubrics from Penn State from Penn State
Rubric samples on a variety of college subjects collected from various universities
Rubrics for web 2.0 and other media related subjects from Wisconsin-Stout
Rubric Library from Fresno State
Student learning outcomes and assessment – rubrics from CSU
An ELIXR case story on Assessment Rubrics for various diciplines authored by UC Denver’s Center for Faculty Development
Resources and Tools
Links to examples of scoring rubrics from CSU
Tools to create rubrics: