Managing rubrics for a wide range of abilities

Or, 'Help my rubric is enormous and my AFL sheets look terrible!'

With the addition of the ability to create multiple assessments across different classes, a new and exciting issue has cropped up. Since your 'multiple assessments' all need to use the same rubric, you'll probably end up needing one that covers a much broader range of abilities (this advice applies to single assessments for mixed-ability groups, too).

Sometimes, this means you end up with a rubric that has upwards of eight or nine bands! This causes some issues with formatting your AFL sheets, because SmartRubric tries to cram all of your bands onto a single sheet of paper for your student.

I'm working on a smarter, more comprehensive fix, but until that's ready, I've made you a special 'giant rubric' AFL template. From now on, if you try to download your whole class AFL sheets on one of these giant rubrics, you'll get a little alert showing up, like this:

"It looks like you have an extra large rubric. We recommend the following AFL sheet, which has been optimised for rubrics with a lot of bands."
You can throw caution to the wind and still use the regular rubrics, but the special giant rubric template comes in landscape format and eliminates some of the little extras like the grading scale to make more room for the matrix.

THAT SAID if you are creating an assessment for a single class and you are only going to be using, say, the middle four bands of your rubric, then you should be customising the rubric to meet the needs of your particular students. Please please please don't use the whole, unedited rubric, because it's overwhelming for students and it will slow down your marking.

Here is some advice about how to customise your rubrics so they meet the needs of your particular groups.


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