Review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2017

ForAllRubrics

Free but clunky rubric tool allows for consistent assessment

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  • Character & SEL

Subjects
  • English Language Arts
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6-12
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Pros: Import classes easily; quick creation of rubrics makes it easy to convey expectations and provide data-driven instruction.

Cons: Cumbersome navigation and learning how to assess students present some challenges.

Bottom Line: With some time invested up front, this tool can help teachers assess students in a standards-based, consistent manner and encourage student motivation.

ForAllRubrics is a convenient tool for teachers who don't have a comprehensive learning management system available. Teachers can use the site to personalize learning by tailoring rubrics to specific skills and standards. Teachers can also help students see improvements over time by having them create digital portfolios; using the built-in ForAllBadges feature can motivate students (or teachers).

Make expectations clear and encourage students to take ownership of their learning by self-assessing before submitting. You can even have students reflect on the writing process before they make a submission. Perhaps best of all, avoid stacks of papers by having students upload their writing assignments directly into your class, and assess their work from just about anywhere. It can be helpful for administrators as well, allowing them to track CEUs with the checklist tool or create rubrics for teacher observations. You can even track certifications for teachers using the ForAllBadges feature. Edmodo users: This tool will sync with your account, making it a convenient way to assess student writing and track progress.

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ForAllRubrics is a website where teachers can create rubrics, collect assignments, assess students, and give feedback. Accounts are required to use the site, but it allows users to import classes from CSV or Excel files to cut down on the workload. Users can import and edit existing rubrics, choose from predesigned rubrics, or create their own from scratch within the tool. Designs range from simple checklists to detailed, standards-based assessment tools. Once users make the rubric, they create activities and link the rubrics to them, and then it's as simple as choosing the students or classes to assess.

Students check their assignments and create submissions when ready. They can also add comments to the assignments and pledge for a badge through the ForAllBadges feature. Teachers can view, comment on, and grade the assignments from the website and can assign badges if they choose. When teachers publish the results, students receive an email with a link to the assignment, allowing them to see feedback right away, and teachers can view several different reports that help analyze student progress. There are a number of support options available, including videos, step-by-step picture instructions, FAQs, and a contact feature.

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Formative assessment, especially that which allows students to self-assess along the way, can be a powerful learning strategy. Used correctly, ForAllRubrics can promote mastery of skills and can greatly assist teachers in standards-based assessment and data-driven instruction -- but be prepared to spend some time up front. The navigation is a bit clunky, and users might be confused at first about how to design, assign, and assess. 

The tool contains a multitude of options to assign standards, including ISTE standards. Additionally, rubrics bring clarity of expectations for students and encourage teachers to improve instructional design by thinking critically about skills they want to assess. From a collaborative standpoint, students can peer-assess, and the ability to build portfolios shows student progress over time and can be a highly effective tool for reflection. However, while rubrics can give students specific skills to improve upon, they can also limit creativity by encouraging students to do just enough to get a good grade. Teachers must be deliberate in their design and must be willing to follow up with students in order to encourage them to put in the effort to meet and exceed expectations. 

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Overall Rating
3

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
3

Opportunities to earn badges and receive faster, more specific feedback can motivate students to improve their work.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
4

Promotes sound instructional design practices and formative assessment by making expectations clear, linking standards, and giving students the opportunity to see improvements over time.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
3

Videos, tutorials, blogs, and Twitter posts provide support and ideas. The ability to share rubrics can reduce teacher workload.


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Marianne Rogowski Media specialist/librarian

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