Four Options for Performance by Rubric Criteria Reports you may not know exist

September 18, 2023 Denise Rusinova

Programs and institutions continue to use rubrics for assessment in more and varied ways as they better understand their utility and value. In order to assist you in getting the most out of your rubrics, Taskstream reports are designed to allow you the flexibility to answer the assessment questions that are most important to you. Even if you’ve been using our rubric reports for years, there are always more tips and tricks to learn.

The rubric criteria report is designed to allow you to aggregate and/or compare performance on any rubric rows. Even in its simplest form, this report gives you the flexibility to yield virtually any data you can imagine. What you may not have discovered, though, is its true depth of customization. Below, you will find 4 ways to further slice and dice your figures.

1) Apply a custom distribution

Custom Distribution allows you to see how students performed within a designated range for each performance level. When applying a custom distribution, you define the number of performance levels (up to seven) you need and designate the percentage range you would like to assign to each level to get a comprehensive view on student performance, regardless of the number of columns your rubric(s) have.

Perhaps you want to see the number of students who scored below 70%, between 70% and 84%, and students who scored over 85% on a particular outcome. Using the custom distribution feature allows you do to just that.

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In the example above, we see that 57% of our 14 students are scoring between 85%-100%. This informs us that students are doing particularly well on this rubric criterion. In other words, you’d be able to see where all of students are falling on the spectrum.

2) Weight a rubric criteria

Have you ever had rubric rows that were not all created equal? With the rubric criteria report, you have the option to scale the importance of one row higher than another. Let’s say you are measuring your students’ writing skills. Perhaps one rubric row demonstrates a student’s writing skill better than another row. Let’s go even further and say that these two rows aren’t even in the same rubric. You can indicate which rows of which rubrics should be weighed more heavily than others. This is helpful if you have more than one rubric (and therefore more than one rubric row) measuring a particular outcome, but one row’s data that is yielded might be worth more than another row’s data.

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3) Filter by demographics

Demographics allow you to disaggregate/aggregate your data by group. These groups can be categorized in a myriad of ways; it all depends on what data you’re looking for. For example, filtering by gender will allow you to see how well your female students as a group and male students as a group are performing on a particular outcome. Some popular ways of categorizing data are by program type, degree type, graduation year, race/ethnicity, transfer status, or cohort.

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4) Create a comparative report 

The comparative report allows you to simultaneously run the same report on various user groups at the same time, allowing you to see each group’s data side-by-side. For instance, you could create comparison groups for gender, ethnicity, evaluation date, cohort, etc. If you have an accreditor who, in your self-study, wants to see how different ethnic groups performed on a particular outcome, this report would allow you to access this data. Another example might be comparing how well geography majors are performing on a particular outcome to how well chemistry majors perform on that outcome.

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If you’d like to see more ways you can customize your rubric criteria reports, feel free to contact your Implementation Specialist or call 800-311-5656 and press 2 for support.

In over three years with Taskstream, Denise has guided more than 100 clients through their implementations and specializes in integration services. Prior to joining Taskstream, Denise served for five years as a B-6 teacher and assessment coordinator. She was the founding Kindergarten teacher at PS 628 in Brooklyn and participated in the development and realignment of all PK-5 curriculum to Common Core Standards. Denise holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Simmons College, and has completed advanced coursework in STEM.

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