The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2019-2020: Technology for Special Education

John F. O'Sullivan

Section 3 Rubric

Rubric writing is a very important aspect of the changeover to project-based learning and/or universal design for learning. Writing rubrics is one of the less interesting parts of education. Assessment practices are an important part of teaching practices. If you are going to allow students to have multiple means to meet a standard, you need a way to grade every learning opportunity that students are given. If a student can create a video, podcast, essay, artwork, PowerPoint, or some other creative process, a teacher needs a criterion for grading each. Starting out, a teacher might not want to dedicate the time to write a rubric for every new project. To start out, a teacher needs one general rubric to have a basic outline for grading. 

The advantage of having open-ended projects is teachers usually get something better than you ask for. As students, we all remember a time we do great work but got a lower grade because of not following directions. As teachers, we want our students to do great work, too be inspired and to learn. Open-ended projects with a rubric that can be used for a wide range of projects are needed. If you see the upside on transitioning to open-ended projects, then you should see the need for open-ended rubrics. The time you invest will pay dividends for years to come. The good news is you can use rubrics that are already written. A teacher can also take a rubric that already exists and makes some small changes. 

Rubric Maker

This website will quickly make you a general rubric for the subject that you teach. At the very least you can create a general rubric that you can make changes to. This website makes rubric writing easy. The best part is it takes a few minutes.


This website makes easily customizable rubrics for just about every subject. In a few minutes, you can create a rubric based on your needs.

Online Rubric

This website helps you create a simple rubric. You can email students grades with a copy of the simple rubric that you created. This add on is for Google Sheets.

Quick Rubric

This website is essentially a blank rubric template. If you are good at creating rubrics and wanted to create a rubric by scratch, this website is for you. You get the structure to create a rubric. A teacher just has to fill in the blanks.

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