Single-Point Rubric

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Single-Point Rubric

Single Point Rubric

Single-Point Rubric” by Cambrian College is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Single-Point rubrics outline the success criteria for an assessment; however it leaves room on either side of the criteria for written feedback about meeting expectations and areas for improvement. 

There are three main components of a single-point rubric:

  • Concerns (notes for what needs improvement)
  • Criteria for proficient performance
  • Strengths (notes on how the work exceeded expectations)


  • Provides space to offer feedback on both strengths and areas for improvement
  • Provides opportunity for students to use their creativity as the rubric doesn’t place boundaries on student performance by listing every single aspect of the assignment
  • Takes students’ focus off the grade to focus on valuable feedback
  • Allows for more flexibility without sacrificing clarity and direction
  • Simple to create and use
  • Great to use a peer assessment tool, too


  • Does not provide grade in an easy manner (but can be done)
  • More time consuming that traditional rubrics because this one requires written feedback
  • You may write the same feedback comment over and over on different students’ rubrics

Examples of Single Point Rubrics

Low & No Tech (Paper-based)

Paper-based rubrics created using word processor:

Using Tech (Within and Outside of Moodle)

Rubric-ing Your Rubric

  • Here is a rubric which allows you to self-assess your own rubrics (Open Educational Resource)
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