A rubric is a grading tool that lists assessment criteria for an assignment and provides feedback to students on their level of achievement for each of the criteria. Rubrics can help students organise their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment. Lecturers can use rubrics to explain their assessment decisions to students.

A rubric is typically composed of rows and columns, the rows corresponding to the various criteria of an assignment and the columns corresponding to the level of achievement expressed for each criterion. A description and point value for each cell in the rubric defines the assessment and score of an assignment.


Rubrics can be associated with the following assessment/activity types when they are created:

  • Assignments

  • Essay, Short Answer, and File Response test questions

  • Blogs and journals

  • Wikis

  • Discussion board forums and threads

You can also associate rubrics with with any column in the Grade Centre.



  • Rubrics (Blackboard Instructor Help)