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point system

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Point systems are a way to communicate the value of different work or task components. Feedback given to students from a point system tells them if a component was present or absent, correct or incorrect. In these cases, it can be difficult for a student to independently ascertain if they’ve given the teacher what he or she is looking for.

In the example below, students are given guidance around which of the four areas are most important (most heavily weighted) and exactly which each component contains. However, because it is not a rubric, it does not tell a student why they got a 20/30 or what they need to do in order to get those other ten points.







Originality and quality of ideas in the thesis, analysis, or conclusion of research; understanding of the topic; use of questions for further inquiry; research limitations


Use of sources

Use of information for varied sources; use of references and paraphrasing of citations; use of quotes, footnotes, and bibliographies



Clear and relevant focus of paper; logical organizational structure



Articulation or writer’s opinion; clarity of presentation; use of language for intended audience; use of graphs/tables/pictures to clarify presentation





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