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Rubrics are a set of scoring guidelines that evaluate students’ work and provide clear teaching directives and criteria for students to follow. Rubrics are powerful tools to assess your students’ work, and you can finally customize them in your formatives! You can add a rubric to an open-ended question type: Show Your Work, Video Response, Audio Response, Free Response, or File Response.

To add a Rubric to a question:

  1. Create a free response, file response, audio response, show your work, or video response question and add your prompt or directions

  2. Toggle on “Use Rubric”, right below the question

  3. Depending on your needs, click “Add Rubric” (for a single, one time use rubric that will not save for future use) or the "+ New Rubric Template" (to save the rubric to your rubric templates library for repeated use)

  4. If your rubric templates library already has templates saved, you will also be able to choose a saved rubric from your library.

Tip: If you'd like to create a rubric that you can use over and over again, you will need to create a "+New Rubric Template" and make sure to apply it. You must apply the rubric template for collaborators to see the rubric.

Edit your Rubric:

  1. You can easily add Rubric criteria areas in the blue cards (at the beginning of each row).

  2. From there, you can easily click the blue + button below the blue card to continue adding more criteria areas.

  3. If you click on the blue button to the right of each blue box, you can add a new level for each criterion.

  4. When you are done you can click the blue checkmark on the upper right-hand side of your page to go back to your formative

Tip: The levels in each criterion will automatically ascend in point value, starting from one point. You can always go in and change these values. To facilitate more grading flexibility, rubrics can now accept decimals as partial points.


  1. Once you have assigned your formative to your class, you can grade your students’ work by clicking the View Responses tab at the top

  2. Click on the individual answer for each student. Answers not yet graded are denoted by a gray bar. (Once you score the response, the bar will change color according to your score threshold settings.)

  3. You can grade each student’s paper according to the rubric you create. Simply click on the appropriate level for each criterion and it will automatically calculate the points!

  4. As always, you can add instant or delayed feedback to your students by scrolling to the bottom of the grading screen and clicking on the send message “now” or “when I close this assignment” buttons.

Students will be able to view which levels they have achieved by clicking the Rubric icon under the question's score:

Duplicate Rubric:

  1. Click the 3 vertical dots next to the rubric of your choice.

  2. Choose "copy rubric" to easily duplicate it.

  3. This duplicated rubric will show up with the original title and (COPY) next to it. Now you can easily edit and update rubrics to expand your personal rubric library!

If you would like to know more about passing grades back via Google Classroom, check out our help article!

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