Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

A New Rubric Format with a Focus on “Areas for Improvement” (AFIs)
Judy R. Wilkerson, Ph.D.

An original rubric format is described along with the rationale for its development. The format includes an “expected performance” accompanied by potential errors, or “Areas for Improvement,” (AFIs). Ratings are derived from a set of proficiency levels that specify the number and severity of AFIs. A case study illustrates the use of this rubric in a teacher education measurement course and documents the evolution of the rubric and the resulting changes in student performance. Results indicate a change in student performance from nearly all students requiring remediation to a near 100% first time success rate. Instructional improvements based on AFI data and rubric modifications over a five-semester period are provided. The rubric format worked as intended and is recommended for expanded use. Additional research should focus on the utility and replicability of the format.

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