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ERIC Number: EJ1165771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Developing Rubrics to Assess Complex (Generic) Skills in the Classroom: How to Distinguish Skills' Mastery Levels?
Rusman, Ellen; Dirkx, Kim
Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, v22 n12 Dec 2017
Many schools use analytic rubrics to (formatively) assess complex, generic or transversal (21st century) skills, such as collaborating and presenting. In rubrics, performance indicators on different levels of mastering a skill (e.g., novice, practiced, advanced, talented) are described. However, the dimensions used to describe the different mastery levels vary within and across rubrics and are in many cases not consistent, concise and often trivial, thereby hampering the quality of rubrics used to learn and assess complex skills. In this study we reviewed 600 rubrics available in three international databases (Rubistar, For All Rubrics, i-rubrics) and analyzed the dimensions found within 12 strictly selected rubrics that are currently used to distinguish mastery levels and describe performance indicators for the skill 'collaboration' at secondary schools. These dimensions were subsequently defined and categorized. This resulted in 13 different dimensions, clustered in 6 categories, feasible for defining skills' mastery levels in rubrics. The identified dimensions can specifically support both teachers and researchers to construct, review and investigate performance indicators for each mastery level of a complex skill. On a more general level, they can support analysis of the overall quality of analytic rubrics to (formatively) assess complex skills.
Descriptors: Mastery Learning, Scoring Rubrics, Formative Evaluation, Skill Analysis, Secondary Schools, Benchmarking, Evaluation Criteria
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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