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How to Create Rubrics

Rubrics are a great way to add context to questions and guide students as they write answers. You can make a rubric, and then add it to questions inside lessons and assessments.

To make a rubric. go to My Stuff, click the Create card and choose the “Create a Rubric” option near the end of the card:

A popup will ask you to choose a name for the Rubric:

Click “create” to launch the rubric editor. You can enter categories down the left, headers across the top, content into each of the cells, and can set the maximum point values for each category. The plus buttons on the left add additional categories and columns. The trash can icons delete the category or column they are next to.

There is a “Settings” tab button at the top right of the screen.

If you need to change the name of the rubric or add other metadata like tags or grade level, this is the place to do it.

Now, there are a number of other features in Rubrics to make your editing easier. First, there is a “Reverse column order” button at the top of the page. Let’s say you’ve put in the column headings 1 to 5, only to realize you want them to go from highest to lowest instead of from lowest to highest. Clicking the button will reverse them:

The second big helper is click-and-drag editing. Switching the slider at the top gives each row and column a grab point. Click and drag on the grab point to move the rows and columns into a new order. Below, the columns have been moved our of sequential order.

The third big helper is the ability to copy whole categories from existing rubrics. Let’s say you’d like to use the same grading criteria for Organization skills in multiple rubrics. Since you’ve already written it in one rubric, there is no need to write it again. In your new rubric, add a row with the same Category you want to copy - in this case, “Organization.”  If you use a different name you won’t see your previous work, so make sure the categories are named the same thing.

Now click the text “Choose an existing Rubric” underneath “Organization”. A message displays showing you the category you’re searching for and all of the rubrics that have that same category. It also shows you the grading criteria for that category. 

Select the rubric you want to copy from and click “save”. The new grading criteria will replace the old one!

The fourth and final helper is automatic search and suggestions. Perhaps you would like to reuse just one grading criteria from a different rubric, but you don’t want to replace the entire row. Ogment has you covered! Simply type more than five characters, and Ogment will look through your rubrics and suggest possible matches, highlighting the text it is matching. The more you type the more accurate you get! 

Once you see the criteria you are looking for, click on it to copy it into your rubric.

After a bit more work, your rubric is ready for your class:



Your rubrics are resources in My Stuff and can be used like any resource. They can be shared to the stream, added to a lesson, and added to a CMAP.


Once you have created rubrics in Ogment you can add them to any open-ended question. You can choose to make the rubric visible to the students or to keep it hidden for your reference.

In the editor while building a lesson, add an open response question - free response, graphic organizer, or free draw, for example. Open the advanced tab at the bottom of the question and choose +add rubric.


+add rubric opens the shopping card where you can select your rubric:


The chosen rubric will now show up in the advanced section of the question. You can then choose if the students will see the rubric when they answer the question or if it is only for your reference.


If you wish to remove the rubric, you can select the “remove rubric” button.


Rubrics that have been attached to questions and made visible to the students will be seen when the student accesses the question:


The student can toggle the rubric open and closed while they are working on the questions.



After a student answers a question with a rubric attached, you can score the question with the rubric in the Ogment Progress area.  Access the open ended question from progress.


The first panel shows the scores and a comment area. You can enter scores here or you can open the rubric and see all of the grading criteria. You can also highlight rubric cells to draw the student’s attention.

Teacher grading rubric based question:



Once you have scored a student’s question with a rubric, the student can go back to their lesson and look at their scores.  When they open the question they’ll see the rubric slider just as they did when they answered the question.


The student can open the rubric and see where you highlighted cells, what their scores are, and read any notes you left them.