Consider the following quote from the text:
"The studies to feedback underscore the importance of providing feedback that is instructive, timely, referenced to the actual task, and focuses on what is correct and what to do next."
If the goal of a rubric is to provide feedback, should a rubric result in a numerical grade? I don't think so.
Providing students with an number moves the feedback from qualitative to quantitative. It takes the focus away from the specific information the learner needs to improve and moves it towards a single, messy evaluation. While I realize that many of us operate in systems that require formal grades and evaluations, it is important for teachers to realize confusing feedback and evaluation significantly impacts student learning.>br>
One teacher I know provides rubric descriptors and narrative feedback to students. Students only get their numerical scores if they come to her and ask her. After a while, the students just stopped asking. Hmmmm.....
What do you think? Should rubrics have numerical scores attached to them?
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