Single Point Rubrics

Single point rubrics are a sort of cousin to analytic rubrics. Like an analytic rubric, single point rubrics list the criteria for an assignment, as well as descriptors; however, while an analytic rubric describes each performance rating, a single point rubric describes only the proficient level. The rubric allows room for the instructor to provide written feedback (Balch, Blanck, and Balch, 2016).

Figure 5 shows the bones of a single point rubric.

Column depicting a single point rubric template.
Figure 5 Template of a single point rubric

Figure 6 depicts a completed single point rubric. Notice that the “below expectations” and the “exceeds expectations” columns are blank. In these two columns, the instructor would write in comments and feedback to students, noting any instance within a particular criteria where the student either did not perform according to expectations or places where they surpassed expectations.

Chart showing sample of a single-point rubric.
Figure 6 Completed single point rubric for discussion board in an English literature course

Advantages and Disadvantages: 

Some of the advantages of single-point rubrics are they they take less time to create since instructors are only writing in one column of performance descriptions. Additionally, unlike other types of rubrics, they do allow the instructor to write in personalized feedback to students while still offering students the objectivity of an analytic rubric. However, the major disadvantages of this rubric is that writing in those personalized comments can take a large amount of the instructor’s time.