How do I edit an existing rubric item?

Learn how to change wording, proficiency labels, scoring, and more.

Updated over a week ago

We recommend saving time by starting with an existing rubric item in Writable and editing it to suit your needs. You can edit rubric items from My Rubrics or while editing an assignment.

Edit a Rubric Item in a Short Response Section

Edit a Rubric Item in an Extended Response Section

  1. On the Assignment Edit page, click on the rubric item. You can also click 'Add Rubric Item' to copy and edit a new rubric item.

  2. Edit the Writer and Reviewer Descriptions to reflect the skill the rubric item is assessing.

    💡 Tips!

    • To support students with diverse language backgrounds, click "Display other languages" in the top right corner and choose a language.

    • Click "Suggest Translations" to view AI-generated translations based on the descriptions and proficiency levels.

  3. Adjust the proficiency levels and labels to match your scoring needs. You can edit each proficiency level manually, or click "Suggest Proficiency Levels" to generate possible proficiency levels tailored to help provide accurate, impactful AI-generated feedback. Click the checkmark next to a suggestion to accept it.

  4. Click "Add Proficiency Level" to add a new scoring option for the rubric item. Cliuck the X next to a level to remove it from the assignment.

  5. Change the percentage associated with any proficiency label by clicking the number to the left of it. Then increase it or decrease it as needed. Percentage values can be adjusted even after students have submitted their assignments.

Note! In order to customize proficiency level percentages you must uncheck the 'Use default scoring' box in the rubric item details.

6. Add or adjust comment stems. Stems help reviewers craft actionable feedback for writers. These are especially helpful for students reviewing their peers. You can edit these, leave them as is, delete them using the 'X' icons, or click "Add Stem" to add your own.

7. The settings at the bottom of the edit screen will let you change the reporting details of the rubric item, including the grade level(s), genre, and skill(s) covered by the item. You can also add a Category for the rubric item for reporting purposes.


  • You must include skills in a rubric item to view AI-generated draft scores and suggested comments on the rubric level.

  • Standards will automatically be applied based on selected skill(s) and cannot be edited directly.

8. Click 'Copy to My Rubric Items' button to save this customized rubric item for future use. If you do not see this option, the rubric item has already been saved for you.

9. When you're done editing a rubric item, click the blue 'Done' button in the lower right corner to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

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