Create or reuse a rubric for an assignment

This article is for teachers

In Classroom, you can create, reuse, share, view, and grade rubrics for individual assignments.

You can give feedback with scored or unscored rubrics. If a rubric is scored, students see their scores when you return their assignments.

To share rubrics with teachers outside your class, use export. For instructions, go to Share rubrics with export and import below. 

Add or view a rubric  

Rubric overview

For your reference, this image shows a finished rubric with the parts labelled.
Labelled rubric
Number Name Description Example
1 Criterion title The name of a criterion you're evaluating Introduction
2 Criterion description A brief description of the criterion’s focus The opening paragraph of your essay
3 Level title Under a criterion, the title of a specific performance level. A word, phrase, letter, or number. Excellent
4 Level description Under a criterion, a description of the expectations or characteristics for a specific performance level Uses several introduction strategies to engage the reader and present the topic. Establishes appropriate tone. Includes a clear, well-developed thesis statement.
5 Total rubric points The total points available for the rubric 100
6 Total criterion points The total points available for a criterion 20
7 Level points The points available for a specific criterion level 5

Create a rubric

You can create up to 50 criteria per rubric and up to 10 performance levels per criterion. 

Note: Before you can create a rubric, the assignment must have a title.

  1. On a computer, go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. Create an assignment with a titleand thenunder Rubric, click AddRubricand thenCreate rubric.
    Create rubric
  4. To turn off scoring for the rubric, next to Use scoring, click the switch to the Off position .
  5. (Optional) If you use scoring, next to Sort the order of points by, select Descending or Ascending.
    Note: With scoring, you can add performance levels in any order. The levels automatically arrange by point value. 
  6. Under Criterion title, enter a criterion, such as Grammar, Teamwork, or Citations.
  7. (Optional) To add a criterion description, under Criterion description, enter the description. 
  8. Under Points, enter the number of points awarded for the performance level.
    Note: The rubric's total score automatically updates as you add points.
  9. Under Level title, enter a title for the performance level, such as Excellent, Full mastery, or Level A.
  10. Under Description, enter the expectations for the level.
  11. To add another performance level to the criterion, click Add a level Add a level and repeat steps 8–9.
  12. To add another criterion:
    • To add a blank criterion, in the lower-left corner, click Add a criterion and repeat steps 6–11.
    • To copy a criterion, in a criterion’s box, click More and thenDuplicate criterion and repeat steps 6–11.
  13. To rearrange criteria, in a criterion’s box, click More and thenMove criterion up or Move criterion down.
  14. To save your rubric, in the right corner, click Save.

Reuse a rubric

You can reuse rubrics you previously created. You can preview the rubric you want to reuse, and then edit it in your new assignment. Your edits don’t affect the original rubric. To reuse a rubric, your new assignment needs a title. 

  1. On a computer, go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. Create an assignment with a titleand thenclick Rubricand thenReuse rubric.
    Reuse rubric
  4. Under Select rubric, click a title.
    Note: To select a rubric from another class, in the class menu, enter a class name, or click the Down arrow and thenselect a class.
    Select rubric
  5. (Optional) To view or edit the rubric, click Previewand thenchoose an option:
    • To edit the rubric, click Select and Editand thenmake your changesand thenclick Save.
    • To preview other available rubrics in the class, click Back Back or Next Next.
      Preview rubric
  6. Click Select.

See an assignment’s rubric 

  1. On a computer, go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. Click the assignment to expand itand thenthe rubric. 

    Click the rubric

  4. To expand or collapse all criteria, click Expand criteria Expand criteria or Collapse criteria Collapse criteria. To expand or collapse individual criteria, click the Down arrow  or Up arrow .
    Expand or collapse criteria
You can grade a rubric from the Student work page or the grading tool. For instructions, go to Grade with a rubric.
Share rubrics with export and import
To share a Classroom rubric with a teacher outside your class, use export. When you export a rubric, it saves to a folder in your class Drive called Rubric Exports. You can share the folder, so another teacher can import your rubric into their assignment.
After importing the rubric, the teacher can edit it in their assignment. The edits don’t affect the original rubric. Teachers shouldn’t edit the rubric in the Rubric Exports folder.
Note: You can only import rubrics that were created and exported in Classroom. Exported rubrics save as Google Sheets in your Rubric Exports folder. Don't edit the spreadsheets or change the file format, or the rubrics won’t import properly.

Export a rubric to share it:

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. Click the assignment with the rubric you want to exportand thenthe rubric.
    Click the rubric
  4. In the top-right corner, click More and thenExport to Sheets.
  5. To return to the Classwork page, in the top-left corner, click Close .
  6. On the Classwork page, at the top, click Class Drive folder Open folderand thenMy Drive.
  7. Choose an option:
    • To share one rubric, click the Rubric Exports folderand thenright-click the rubric.  
    • To share your entire Rubric Exports folder, right-click the Rubrics Exports folder.
  8. On the right-click menu, select Shareand thenenter the name or email address of teachers you want to share with.
  9. Click Send.

Import a shared rubric:

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. Click Createand thenAssignmentand thenenter a title for your assignment.
  4. At the right, click AddRubricand thenImport from Sheets.
  5. Click the rubric you want to importand thenclick Add.
  6. (Optional) Make any edits to the rubric.
  7. Click Save.
    Note: If the rubric doesn't save, export and import it again, and don’t edit the file in Sheets.

Edit or delete a rubric

Edit an assignment’s rubric

You can edit or delete an assignment's rubric before you start grading it. After you start grading the rubric, you can’t edit its point values or delete it from the assignment. Rubric edits only affect the assignment you’re in.

  1. On a computer, go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. Click the assignment to expand itand thenthe rubric. 

    Click the rubric

  4. In the top-right corner, click More and thenEdit.
    Note: This option isn’t available after you start grading with the rubric.
  5. Enter your changesand thenclick Save.

Delete an assignment’s rubric

This option isn’t available after you start grading with the rubric.

  1. On a computer, go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. Click the assignment to expand itand thenthe rubric. 

    Click the rubric

  4. In the top-right corner, click Moreand thenDelete.
  5. To confirm, click Delete.

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