Use a Rubric (Silver/Gold Feature)

Add a custom-made rubric to any open-ended question type

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Written by Neta Raz Studnitski
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What are Rubrics?

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: Drawing, Video Response, Audio Response, Free Response, or File Response.

Add a Rubric to a question:

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

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

  3. Then, depending on your needs choose one of the following 3 options:

    1. Click on "Create Rubric” for a single, one time use rubric that will not save for future use

    2. Click on "Select an existing rubric" and then on "+ New Rubric Template" to create a new rubric and save it to your rubric templates library for repeated use,

    3. Click on "Select an existing rubric" and choose an existing rubric template from the templates library

Enter Rubric Criteria

  1. You can easily add Rubric criteria areas in the gray 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.

Edit or Remove a Rubric

To edit a rubric you've already added to a question, click on the pencil icon next to it. On the editing page you will have an option to save the edits as a template.

To remove a rubric you've added to a question, click on the trash can icon next to it

Print Rubric

From the Rubric editing screen you can also print a copy of the rubric (or save it as PDF to your device from the printer communication window).

Copy or Delete a Saved Rubric Template

To copy or delete a saved rubric template from the templates library:

  1. Click on "Select an existing rubric"

  2. Click the triple dots to the far right of the rubric you'd like to edit or delete

  3. Choose the preferred action from the dropdown menu


  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, as well as the scores by clicking the Rubric icon under the question's score


Want to share a rubric with others on your team?

The easiest way to do that currently is to create a formative named "Rubrics". Then add a free response question to the formative, enter the name of the rubric as the "question", toggle on "rubric", and add your created rubric template. You can add as many rubrics as you wish to share this way.

Then you can share the formative with your team (Gold team members can add collaborators to the Formative, Silver subscribers can send a copy of the formative to other teachers). Once they have the formative with a rubric attached, they can save it to their own library of formatives.

What's next?

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

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