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Assessment Rubrics Decoded

An Educator's Guide, 1st Edition

By Kelvin Heng Kiat Tan


168 pages

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Rubrics offer concrete artefacts of what schools evaluate to be of merit, and what educators and schools value to be worth rewarding. Assessment Rubrics Decoded offers insights into a myriad of issues that affect, and are affected by, the construction of merit in students’ learning and the articulation of (underlying) educational ideologies in the assessment of student achievement. Designed for both students and teachers – who should have parity of involvement in developing and using rubrics - this book covers the problematic issues of assessment in schools at the same time as offering readers practical solutions for navigating the ensuing tensions and dilemmas. The notion that rubrics may hinder assessment transparency is also discussed, with examples, to warn against uncritical use of rubrics that may discipline rather than help learners. The perspective of a school leader in providing assessment leadership to rubrics usage across a school is included for extending awareness of rubrics beyond classroom contexts. This provides an informed approach for teachers to understand the stakes and complexities involved in judging learning, and learners, whilst offering concrete options and suggestions to consider.

This book will be a valuable resource for classroom teachers, school leaders, teacher educators and researchers interested in the field of assessment rubrics.


‘This book presents a significant and thorough critical discussion of the widespread use of rubrics in educational assessment. The many advantages of rubrics as an assessment tool are accentuated, however, what impressed me more, was the profound critical reflection on the limitations and risks of using rubrics technically without the support of a comprehensive pedagogical perspective. This is a book parents, teachers, school leaders, and policy makers should be acquainted with.’Kari Smith, Professor, Head of Norwegian Graduate School in Teacher Education (NAFOL), Department of Teacher Education, NTNU, Norway

‘What you have in your hands is not the typical rubrics book. Kelvin Tan has done it again like he did in his 2012 “Student self-assessment: Assessment, learning and empowerment”. In this rubrics book he helps the reader to reflect about what are rubrics, their boundaries and how to take our understanding one step further’ - Ernesto Panadero, Researcher, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and Honorary Professor, Deakin University, Australia

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Decoding Rubrics

Chapter 2: The Challenges of Understanding and Using Rubrics

Chapter 3: The Anatomy of a Rubric

Chapter 4: Rubrics for different types of Learning and Learners

Chapter 5: Rubrics for Scoring, Interpretations and Decision-Making by Lin Rongchan

Chapter 6: How Rubrics are understood and used formatively

Chapter 7: Rubrics, Power, and Conduct

Chapter 8: Effects of Rubrics on Students’ Motivation and Well-being by Alan Yang Qidong

Chapter 9: Validating students’ voice in writing through self-assessment and rubrics creation by Salwati Salim and Jasmine Suppramaniam

Chapter 10: Rubrics – A School Leader’s perspective by Sheree Chong


About the Author

Kelvin Heng Kiat Tan is an associate professor in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is one of the series editors for the Routledge book series: Assessment in Schools: Principles in Practice. He gained his PhD at the University of Technology in Sydney in 2004.

About the Series

Assessment in Schools: Principles in Practice

Assessment in Schools: Principles in Practice offers a collection of titles that provide accessible exploration of individual assessment concepts, while collectively providing a comprehensive overview and discussion of assessment practices in schools. This research-informed and practice-oriented book series aims to make assessment theory accessible by explaining its implications and applications in practice, providing guidance on designing and implementing quality assessment practices, and giving authentic examples from current practices.
Some key assessment competencies to be covered in the series are:
• Designing quality authentic assessments;
• Understanding and using rubrics;
• Developing self-assessment for reflective and self-directed learning;
• Formative assessments practice as part of an effective teaching and learning process.

Authors interested to contribute to this series can submit their proposal to Routledge Commissioning Editor, Katie Peace at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Evaluation
EDUCATION / Testing & Measurement
EDUCATION / Leadership
EDUCATION / Professional Development