Dear MC,

I am struggling with grading my students’ work. I have been creating rubrics for every assessment, and it is quite overwhelming. Making all these rubrics is too time consuming. I teach algebra — are there algebra 1 rubrics that I can peruse to adopt in my classroom?


Buried in rubrics

Dear Buried in rubrics,

Thanks for reaching out. There's definitely no need to design rubrics for each assessment. If you have mastery indicators for each of the outcomes in your course, it's actually best to use the same rubric for the same outcome each time you assess, so that you and students can see/track their growth over time.

Let’s say your assessment is measuring students on three outcomes. Your rubric could include three rows, one for each outcome, so you’re giving feedback about where each student is. Using rubrics based on outcomes, not individual projects/tests, allows you to use the same rubric for the same outcomes over time, and allows you all to see progress as students’ mastery grows.

Here are a few example rubrics to look at, each with a slightly different take on outcomes and rubric design. Much thanks to the marvelous MC Living Lab Schools, who share so many resources with the community.

  • Common Core Algebra 1 rubrics from member school UA Maker

    • Notice: There are rubrics for both content (e.g. quadratics, equations and inequalities) and skills (e.g. precision, modeling). It’s possible that a teacher would assess or give feedback for more than one outcome on a given assignment.

  • Spiraled rubrics grades 6-10 from member school TYWLS-Astoria

    • Content-specific outcomes are tied to broader schoolwide skills, such as “be precise,” or “investigate.”

  • Math outcomes and rubrics from member school  Flushing International HS

    • Notice: Rubrics at Flushing are additive, meaning each level of mastery requires demonstration of deeper thinking.

You may also want to check out an earlier post by Co-Director Joy Nolan on the single-point mastery rubric.

Feel free to share with colleagues whatever you find useful, and send further questions as you dig in to this work!