Analytic Rubric Creation Guide

There are two main types of rubrics used for evaluating student performance on a variety of assessments that do not have a clear right or wrong answer: analytic and holistic.

Analytic rubrics break down the characteristics of an assessment into several criteria that are scored separately. In a holistic rubric, criteria are evaluated together, and students receive a single, overall score.

This guide focuses specifically on the creation of analytic rubrics because of their transparency and the level of detail they provide. Although holistic rubrics are used less frequently than analytic rubrics, they are useful when the focus is on overall quality, proficiency, or understanding of specific content or skills.

Please visit LEARN Support’s resources for more information on creating holistic rubrics in LEARN.

Steps for Creating an Analytic Rubric

An analytic rubric consists of three (3) main parts:

  • Criteria: Describes the tasks that your students are expected to perform in the assessment.
  • Performance rating scale: Identifies how your students’ performance will be measured.
  • Descriptions: Describes the criteria used to assess your students’ performance at each level of the rating scale.

While it is important to specify clearly the requirements of your assessment, you should have 3-7 criteria.