This article will show you how to grade a rubric assessment that uses a standards-based grading scale, for example: Mastery, Near Mastery, Approaching, Below...

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There are two ways to grade a rubric assessment; whole-class grading, or individual student grading. This article is broken down into the following sections:

First, you'll need to access the rubric.

  • Click on the assessment in your Assigned Assessments module.


Whole-Class Grading

When you initially enter the assessment from the assigned assessments page, you will see the whole-class grading page.

1: Status: Not Started, In Progress, Turned In, Graded.

2: Submitted: Displays the date submitted until graded; On Time, Missing, Late, Excused, Excluded.

3: Add this assessment to the student's portfolio by selecting the star icon.

4: Leave a comment on the overall assessment by selecting the comment bubble.

5: Select the dropdown menu to choose a score.

Auto-Fill Scores

You can give multiple students the same score at the same time.

  • Step 1: Select their names.
  • Step 2: Score the first student in your selection.
  • Step 3: The scores will autofill for the names you selected.

Individual Student Grading

Select any student from the whole-class grading page to see their assessment in greater detail.

The individual grading page will look slightly different based on If the student has submitted attachments with the rubric or not. See below:

With Student Attachments Without Student Attachments

1: Select the expand arrows to see the details of the descriptor, including the description and the standard(s) attached. Select the same icon to collapse the details and return to the regular grading screen.

2: Select the star icon to add the assessment to the student's portfolio.

3: Select the score for each descriptor:

4: Comment on an individual descriptor (2000 character limit).

5: Comment on the assessment as a whole (2000 character limit).

6: Select the star icon to add the assessment to the student's portfolio.

Viewing Attachments

If the student included attachments on the rubric assessment, they will be visible to the right of the rubric.

  • A student can add up to 5 attachments.
  • Each type of attachment has its own icon. Selecting the icons from the top will display each attachment. The example below shows an image, file upload, video, link, and audio recording attachment, respectively.


Leaving Feedback

You can leave feedback for a student to view on a rubric assessment! The type of attachments you can leave here are the same ones that you can add to the assessment when building it.

Where you begin will look slightly different, based on if the assessment includes student attachments or not.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: If you've already added the maximum of 5 attachments when you built the assessment, not to worry! You can add up to 3 additional attachments as feedback, for a total of 8 attachments if needed.

If you would like further details on how to leave audio or video feedback, select the button below:


Video Tutorial


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