Assessing students with special needs is my life's work!

Computer Assisted
Ideas & Strategies
In-Class Assessment
Test Taking Tips
Quick & Easy
Ideas & Strategies
Alternate Grading
Rubrics and Checklists
Portfolio Assessment


Rubrics provide guidelines for measuring achievement. Most rubrics describe the learning outcomes, give clear performance criteria, and provide a rating scale or checklist. Some rubrics give examples as well.

Various types and formats of checklists help to identify and record achievement levels and track student progress. Checklists may be scored with rubric levels (1, 2, 3, and 4), letter grades, numerical values, or simple yes/no notation. Most checklists are simply lists of skills or behaviors arranged in a format that enables recording of student progress in demonstrating the each skill or behavior. I plan to add (in the near future) some sample checklists with information about how to use them.

Checklists are my most favorite type of curriculum based assessment. In my classes, I use checklists extensively as evaluation and teaching tools. Some of the checklists that I have developed and published include a Checklist for Successful Inclusion, an Assessment Proficiency Checklist (APC), and a variety of checklists for evaluating student behavior and student achievement.