You can look through our curated rubrics (which include rubrics based on state assessments) and replace your entire rubric. Then, you can edit them further to use your language or be more specific for your students.

Replacing the rubric in an assignment

First, we recommend you look through our collection of rubrics, which you can use in any existing assignment:

1. Find the assignment you'd like to work on in your 'My Assignments' tab and click on the assignment.

2. Next, click on 'Edit'.

3. Once you're in the assignment editor, scroll down to find the 'Writing & Review' section of the assignment. Click the blue 'Replace Rubric' button.

4. The 'Rubric Explorer' will let you search through all of our published rubric sets. Use the dropdown filters on the left side to narrow your search by grade level, genre, category, scale, or skill.

5. When you find a rubric you're interested in, click the blue triangle icon next to the title to expand it and see details. If you decide you want to use it click 'Use Rubric'.

5. Click 'Continue'.

You'll now see the new rubric in the 'Writing & Review' section of the assignment. If you're not entirely happy with the rubric, see the following section for how you can make the necessary edits.

Editing a rubric

If none of the existing rubrics are exactly what you're looking for, you can follow these steps to edit them to your suit your needs:

1. Find the assignment you'd like to work on in your 'My Assignments' tab and click on the assignment.

2. Next, click on 'Edit'.

3. Once you're in the assignment editor, scroll down to find the 'Writing & Review' section of the assignment. Click the blue pencil next to any checklist item you'd like to edit.

Note: If you'd like to re-order the rubric items, you can use the arrows on the right side to move them up or down in the list, if you would like to remove an item from the rubric completely, you can click the blue 'x'.

4. The 'Edit Checklist Item' screen will let you make all the changes you need to an existing item.

  • You can edit the 'Writer' text or copy and paste in something new.
  • Note: If you edit the 'Writer' checklist, don't forget to edit the 'Reviewer' checklist and the proficiency labels for the stars; they should all be pointing to the same skill!
  • If you want to add stars, simply enter new text in the 'Add new proficiency label' row. To remove them, click the 'X'.

  • You can change the percent associated with any star score by clicking on the number to the right of it. Then, just increase it or decrease it as needed. Clicking the 'Half Star' box makes that particular score a half star instead of a full star.
  • Comment 'stems' help reviewers craft actionable feedback for writers. You can edit these, leave them as is, or delete them using the 'x' icons.
  • The settings at the bottom of the screen will let you change the genre of the rubric (from 'Argument' to 'Narrative' or 'Informational', for example), as well as the grade level and skill.

Note: If you changed the original checklist item from being about the introduction to being an item about transitions, you may want to change the skill. Just click the "X" on the current skills to delete them and see a list of other possible skills.

5. When you're done editing a checklist item, click the blue 'Done' button in the lower right corner and return to the 'Edit' screen.

6. Anytime you create a new rubric, you can also save it for future use and share it with other teachers in your district. Just click the blue 'Save Rubric' button beneath your rubric.

7. After you've named it, click the box next to 'Share with Everyone in My District' to publish it. If you don't, you'll still be able to use it in future assignments.

7. Finally, click 'Save'.

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