Pediatric Therapy Corner: What? Why? and How? to Use Rubrics for School Based Therapy
by Margaret Rice, Your Therapy Source
What are rubrics?
Rubrics are an excellent tool for school based therapists to utilize throughout the school year for ongoing assessment of a student’s skills. A rubric is a scoring guide to judge performance on a specific task. A skill is broken down into different components and a numerical value is given to each component. The performance is then scored by totaling the sum of the numerical values.
Why should school based therapists use rubrics?
The purpose of rubrics are to:
• assess performance on completing complex tasks
• assess changes in performance over time in one individual
• inform the individual of what is expected for the task
• increase consistency of scoring
• promote learning
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