Our goal was to create rubric templates for practically any activity a teacher may do in class. This meant we would create templates that would allow assessment of specific outcomes, yet the tools/rubrics would be general enough to be adjusted to any teacher and various versions of projects, assignments or activities. For example, we wanted to create a rubric that assessed any presentation that included media, or a rubric that could assess and written inquiry task.
As detailed in the sample of the project below, we approached the task in a systematic way to ensure that, among other things, the rubrics would promote assessment as learning, use student and parent friendly language and result in many levels of achievement for each outcome, rather than one grade for a project or activity. A full rationale of the guiding principles and backward design steps is in the document below. Also included in the document is a backward planned inquiry unit with corresponding rubrics.