Rubrics and Peer Evaluation

A rubric commonly refers to a rating scale and list of criteria by which students' knowledge, skills, and/or performance can be assessed. 

Rubrics are an ideal tool for evaluating performance because students are aware of the criteria for each score before they are evaluated. Teachers develop rubrics to evaluate certain areas of performance with explicit criteria to assess student mastery of skills. Rubrics provide useful feedback for students to know how to adjust their performance and work towards their next goal. It's critical that rubrics are created in a way that students understand all of the language and are given adequate time to perform each task.

Peer Evaluation & Observation
Having students observe each other and share feedback offers opportunities to gauge how well students are learning a skill and identify where more instruction is needed. Additionally, students gain valuable insight into their learning when they observe each other performing skills and communicate with peers about their observations.

Video Examples

Performing Overhand Throw (Elementary)

Peer Coaching: Bouncing Skills (Elementary)

Performing a Forward Roll (Middle School)

Square Dance Instruction: Management and Assessment (Middle School)

Motor Learning - Hitting a ball (Middle School)

Motor Learning -Tennis form in open skills practice (High School)

Sample Rubrics

Partner Skill Checklist (PDF)

Performance Task List with Scoring Rubric (Word)

Square Dance Rubric (Word)

Student-developed rubrics
Creating a rubric together as a class gives students a voice in their own learning and evaluation. This can be a powerful tool in helping students take responsibility for their learning goals. In using these rubrics for assessment the teacher can be the final arbiter while the students remain aware that they developed the criteria and are being held accountable to that. Another variation is to have peers evaluate each other using the student-developed rubrics. Some peer evaluation tools are used as pre-assessments, prior to more formal evaluation by the teacher.


PE Central Tips (outside link)
PE Central offers step-by-step directions on how to develop a rubric.

Rubistar (outside link)
Users register on the site to create and find rubrics with a variety of options available for making the most of rubrics. Spanish Rubistar available.

Rubrics for Assessment (outside link)
Access rubrics that focus on collaboration and teamwork for students in different grade spans. This site also provides a rubric template and tools for creating rubrics.


Assessment in Physical Education

Related links:

Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA)

Classroom Management