Also known as: marking criteria, assessment criteria, grading scheme, scoring guides

learning statements

Rubrics are a grading method that explicitly show the criteria for judging students’ work on a performance, product, portfolio, presentation, essay question or any student work that will be evaluated. Rubrics are used to grade learning tasks that are more complex than ones with a basic yes or no answer. Essential features of effective rubrics include gradations, (with specific descriptions of various standards such as outstanding/excellent/sound/basic/limited). Rubrics inform students of expectations while they are learning and enable teachers to grade efficiently by judging student work against a standard that is communicated with each student in a cohort.


How to use with ICT

Both Google and Microsoft have digital rubric functionality. Microsoft teams allows a rubric to be created as part of the assignment function. Watch this video by Andrew Balzer to learn how to create rubrics in Microsoft Teams in under one minute (new window). Google Live rubrics self-tally and can be sent to students. Step-by-step instructions on creating live rubrics (new window). Online forms allow immediate feedback and data collection by teachers. Student-created rubrics give learners the opportunity to create rubrics for tasks. Single-point rubrics provide an opportunity for fast turnarounds in self-assessment, peer assessment and/or teacher feedback.

Single computer

Develop a Google Form Live Rubric, selecting the option 'Redirect to an External URL' and pasting in the form's URL in the 'Redirect to URL' field. Once saved, this option will automatically display a clean form for the next person to fill out. Project collated results in real time using the Google analytics diagrams.

ICT templates

External resources

Find out more resources
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Chrome add-on: Online Rubric Chrome add-on: Online Rubric (new window) Use the chrome add-on to create and send customisable rubrics and marks to students for any assignment.
Stile App Stile App (new window) Stile Education has a STEM focus. This link provides a basic rubric for Year 7 Science that can be copied and modified.
iRubric is part of the RCampus suite of online learning, assessment, and competency management solutions iRubric (new window) iRubric is a comprehensive rubric development, assessment, and sharing tool. Educator and student accounts are free.


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Personalised learning

Disability, Learning and Support

When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the diversity of your learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all. For UDL guidelines, information and additional materials, visit the CAST website.

Many students require technology as an adjustment to support their access to learning. Adjustments (NESA) are actions taken that enable a student with disability and additional learning needs to access syllabus outcomes and content on the same basis as their peers. Enrol in the Personalised learning with technology online course to help you make more informed decisions regarding technology.


For a range of simple, how-to videos visit the Assistive Technology page on the Disability, Learning and Support website. Resources are organised into four sections; Literacy and Learning, Vision, Hearing, Physical and Motor Skills.


High potential and gifted learning and support

When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the full range of abilities of all learners. High potential and gifted learners may require additional adjustments and deliberate talent development.  These strategies include differentiation, grouping, enrichment and advanced learning pathways so students can be engaged, grow and achieve their personal best.


Assessing and identifying high potential and gifted learners will help teachers decide which students may benefit from extension and additional challenge. Effective strategies and contributors to achievement for high potential and gifted learners helps teachers to identify and target areas for growth and improvement.


For further support and advice about how to tailor learning for high potential and gifted students from all backgrounds, visit the High Potential and Gifted Education web section, High Potential and Gifted Education Policy or attend one of the professional learning courses on offer.

Learn more about the strategy

Professional learning

Professional learning (internal)
Provider Course name Link Description
Learning on Demand - Assessing with Google and Microsoft tools

Learning to assess online with Google Forms on MyPL



Microsoft forms to create formative and summative assessment on MyPL

Google forms on MyPL (new window)


Microsoft forms on MPL (new window)

Learn to create self-marking quizzes to empower formative assessment and track your students from a distance.



From assessing student wellbeing to formative assessment, Microsoft Forms gives you the power to check in from a distance.

NSW DoE Strong Start, Great Teachers Aspects of assessment (new window) This part of the Strong Start, Great Teachers resource focuses on assessment strategies and techniques, including effective rubric design.