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Create and manage grading rubrics in Microsoft Teams

Use the rubrics tool when creating an assignment in Microsoft Teams to develop and distribute customizable, reusable rubrics that students can reference. Refer to them later for evaluating student work.

Make a new rubric

  1. Sign into

  2. Select Teams.

  3. Navigate to your class team and select Assignments.

  4. Select Create > Assignment.

  5. Select Add rubric > + Add rubric. This will open the rubric creator.

    add rubric

  6. Add a Title (required), optional Description, and turn on Points if you’d like to assign point values to your grading criteria.
    new rubric

Customize your grading criteria:

The Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor defaults can be edited to match your own grading strategy. Customize points here if you decided to add them.

  • Select Copy row Copy link code to duplicate a row.

  • Select Add row  Cross icon at top of the screen to create a new row.

  • Select Delete row  Delete team trash can button to delete a row.

Tip: If you chose to add points to your rubric, you can enter different percentages in each row to weigh certain criteria more heavily than others. Make sure all percentages total 100. To reset percentages, select Evenly redistribute weights.

weighted points

  1. When you finish customizing your rubric, select Attach.

  2. Finish filling in the details of your assignment, then select Assign to send it to your students. When students open this assignment, they’ll be able to reference the rubric.

    Tip: Preview your student's view of the assignment by opening it and selecting Student view.

Re-use a rubric you've already made

Every time you create a rubric and attach it to an assignment, it will be saved to your rubric list. To re-use a rubric:

  1. Navigate to your class team and select Assignments.

  2. Select Create > Assignment.

  3. Select Add rubric, choose a rubric from the list, then select Next.

    choose a rubric

  4. Make edits if needed.

  5. Select Attach.

Grade student work using a rubric

  1. Navigate to your class and select Assignments.

  2. Select the assignment you’re reviewing.

  3. Select the document your student has attached underneath Status to open it in the full-screen grading view.

  4. Select the rubric name and it will open to the side of the student’s document.

  5. As you review your student’s work, use the dropdown menu or arrows to choose the criteria you’re assessing.

    Select the section of the student's assignment to grade

  6. Select the corresponding score you want to give the student for that criterion. When you select it, the scoring square will turn blue.

    Select the grade you want to assign them for the selected section and type feedback at the bottom

  7. Enter any personalized feedback you’d like to pair with these criteria in the feedback box.

    Note: You can also pop out the grading rubric if you prefer to look at the whole grid at once while making your selections.

    Students can view the the Rubric for themselves

  8. Continue until you’ve worked your way through the rubric, then select Done.

  9. If you set point values and weighting while creating your rubric, points for the assignment will already be tabulated. Add additional feedback here if you’d like, too.

  10. Select Return to send this work back to your student now or skip to the next student using the arrows to keep grading.

When a student receives their returned work, they can open their rubric and see how you scored their work, including your personalized feedback:

Student view of rubric feedback.

Delete a rubric so that it no longer appears in your rubric list. This will not remove the rubric from assignments where it's already attached.

  1. Select Add rubric in a new or existing assignment draft.

  2. Select the x next to the rubric you'd like to remove.

    Select the x next to the rubric.

Note: Rubrics attached to draft assignments can't be deleted.

Share rubrics you've created in Microsoft Teams by downloading them as a .csv file. When the .csv is uploaded back into Teams, the rubric will retain all of the original's structure and content. Simply adapt for your own use and attach to an assignment.

Download a rubric for sharing

  1. Navigate to your class and select the Assignments tab.

  2. Select an assignment with your rubric attached, then Edit assignment.

  3. Select the rubric to open it.

  4.  Select Download as .csv and follow the prompts to save your rubric as a .csv file.

    Download a rubric as a .csv file.

Now, the .csv file is all set to share with other educators. Share to a PLC or Staff team to give everyone access.

Note: For best results, edit your rubrics in Teams instead of in other programs.

Upload a .csv rubric file to Teams

Follow these steps to add a .csv rubric that's been shared with you.

Important: You should only upload .csv rubrics that were originally downloaded from Teams.

  1. Select Add rubric in a new or existing assignment draft.

  2. Select Upload rubric, choose your .csv file, then select Next.

    Select Upload rubric.

  3. Review the rubric you've added in the rubric creator window and make any adjustments.

  4. Select Attach to add it to your assignment. You'll be able to reuse this rubric for future assignments, too.

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