A welldesigned rubric will help you grade consistently, transparently, and fairly.
Rubrics are an excellent way of providing students with feedback on the quality of their learning activities and assessments. A rubric will explicitly identify the key criteria for evaluation on an assessment, as well as the level at which a student is performing. A welldesigned rubric will help you grade consistently, transparently, and fairly. There are two main types of rubrics  holistic and analytic.
A holistic rubric can be thought of as a simple onedimensional approach to evaluating a student's performance on an assignment. It consists of a single scale with all criteria listed together in a single row or column. Then students receive a score, usually a numerical value indicating how well they performed. "0" or "1" is often the lowest number on the scale while the highest numbers may range from "3" (exceeds expectations) to "5" (excellent) or even higher, such as a 10point scale.
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Points  Criteria 

3 
A threepoint response is complete and correct. This response:

2 
A twopoint response is partially correct. This response:

1 
A onepoint response is incomplete and exhibits many flaws but is not completely incorrect. This response:

0 
A zeropoint response is completely incorrect, irrelevant, or incoherent, or a correct response that was arrived by using an obviously incorrect procedure. 
An analytic rubric is usually multidimensional and dives in deeper on each criterion. Each essential element is judged separately, then a combined score is generated based on the rating on each criterion. Feedback can often be provided for each criterion, leading to more detailed information for students they can use for improving their performance. Feedback is precisely tailored for each student.
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PI_5_1: Simplify a given algebraic Boolean expression by applying the KMap and express in POS form
Scoring  Unsatisfactory (060%)  Minimal (6075%)  Adequate (7590%)  Excellent (90100%) 

20%  Unable to derive an accurate logical truth table for the given algebraic expression while properly identifying all inputs and outputs  Derive an accurate logical truth table for the given algebraic Boolean expression while properly identifying all inputs and output  Derive an accurate logical truth table for the given algebraic Boolean expression while properly identifying all inputs and output  Derive an accurate logical truth table for the given algebraic Boolean expression while properly identifying all inputs and output 
20%  Unable to develop the Kmap representation of the information shown in the truth table with proper notations  Develop the Kmap representation shown in the truth table with proper notations  Develop the Kmap representation shown in the truth table with proper notations  Develop the Kmap representation shown in the truth table with proper notations 
35%  Unable to apply or incorrect Kmap simplification by mapping 0 minterms and failure in obtaining most prime implicants with max coverages  Apply Kmap simplification by mapping 0 minterms and failure in obtaining MOST prime implicants with max coverages  Apply Kmap simplification by mapping 0 minterms and failure in obtaining SOME prime implicants with max coverages  Apply Kmap simplification by mapping 0 minterms and obtaining prime implicants with max coverages 
25%  Unable to obtain an UNsimplified POS Boolean expression by ANDing the minterms from prime implicants  Obtain AN UNsimplified POS Boolean expression by ANDing the minterms from prime implicants  Obtain an ALMOST simplified POS Boolean expression by ANDing the minterms from prime implicants  Obtain simplified POS Boolean expression by ANDing the minterms from prime implicants 
There are a lot of resources out there for creating rubrics for your courses. Learning management systems like Canvas also have builtin tools for helping you create rubrics. Additionally, rubrics are an excellent way of assessing the soft skills students develop in your course.
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There is as much art as science to creating an effective rubric. It can also take a lot of time and effort to set one up, but they are also highly reusable across courses or programs. Once you have set them up, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort for future grading.
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