Grading of Open Response Assessments

Grading for every type of assessment in an ORA assignment is done by comparing each response against the same set of guidelines, called a rubric. Every open response assessment has a rubric provided by the course team.

A rubric consists of several criteria and a set of options for each criterion:

  • Criteria: Each criterion describes characteristics that a response should have, such as concepts that a response should cover, or the amount of supporting information that a response must include.
  • Options: Each criterion has options which describe how well each response satisfies the criterion. The options are usually a range of ratings, for example “Fair”, “Good”, or “Excellent”, with details to help you decide the rating.

When you assess a response, you evaluate the response, and for each criterion, select the option that best describes how well the response met that criterion.

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