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Lab Report Grading Rubric

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Description A rubric for grading lab reports based in the scientific method, with additional categories for proper referencing, formatting, and English.
Type of Resource Assessment: other
Format Word Document - DOC
Technical Note The points are flexible: departmental colleagues for example put more points in the abstract and less in the English style and mechanics for example.
Daniel Williams, Winston-Salem State University
Development Date March 25, 2011
Grade/Age Levels Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By LifeSciTRC Board
Review Date September 5, 2014
Funding Source None
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This is an extremely well designed and detailed grading rubric for laboratory reports appropriate for science majors. I think this might be at a more advanced level than might be realistic for non-science major lab reports, but would be an extremely valuable tool for majors. Additionally, it is a teaching tool for such reports - showing students the appropriate level of rigor expected in scientific publications.

Kathy Seiler, Champlain College

I thought this was an excellent rubric for grading lab reports. One of the strong points is that it follows the key steps of the scientific method. It is also easily adaptable to specific assignments. Students in one of our inquiry-based labs, design and conduct their own experiment and then prepare a poster.  This rubric would be useful for evaluating the poster.If students were provided with the grading rubric in advance,  I think it would improve the  quality of the submitted work.

cindy surmacz, Bloomsburg University

Very useful rubric based in the Scientific Method.

Lila LaGrange, University of the Incarnate Word, School of Pharmacy


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