We've developed a Rubrics tool, intended for both academic and co-curricular settings, which features an intuitive user interface and provides many new features including rubric copying, scoring/weighting, aggregate performance graphs, and integration with common learning management systems.  Follow these steps for building your rubric using the new features:

To begin, from inside Baseline, click on Rubrics on the left side of the Home page, or click the Rubrics tab in the grey tool bar at the top of the page, then click “Launch Rubrics”.

To create a rubric:

  1. Click "New Template"
  2. Select either “Start with a Formatted Rubric” or “Create a Rubric from Scratch

Start with a Formatted Rubric – This will display the available pre-made templates (including AAC&U, Project CEO and others) that you can use as-is or choose to edit. Click on each title to review what dimensions are included in each template. Click “Use This Template” to continue with a selected template, or “Use a Blank Template” to move forward with creating a rubric from scratch.

Create a Rubric from Scratch – this will allow you to start a blank rubric to fill in all fields from scratch.


 To create a rubric from scratch:

  1. Provide a title for your rubric in the text area that says “Enter Your Rubric Title”
  2. Enter your information for Dimensions (along the left hand column of the rubric) and the Achievements (along the top row of the rubric).
  3. If you would like to add more Dimensions or Achievements, click on the plus sign icon.
  4. If you would like to reorder or delete dimensions or achievements, click the “ . . .” icon and select the arrow icons to move them, or the trash icon to delete. 



Dimensions are the categories or domains on which you will score the assignment.

  1. Enter the name or label of each dimension by placing your cursor in the Dimension Title area and typing the Title.
  2. Optional: Enter a more-detailed description of the Dimension in the Dimension Description area below the Title.

The point contribution of each Dimension will be displayed in the lower right hand corner of the Dimension boxes.  There are two ways to change the point totals for each dimension:

  • Adjust using the slider.
  • Click on the number and enter your change by typing in the value or using the arrows.



Weighting a rubric means one or more Dimensions may be worth more or fewer points than the others.  This is an opportunity to demonstrate to your students the critical aspects of an assignment.  To indicate the weighting of each Dimension, adjust the specific Dimension values using the slider or by clicking on the value number. For more information about weighting, click here.



Achievements indicate levels for each Dimension; Achievements can be quantitative (e.g. 1, 2, 3…) or qualitative (e.g. Good, Better, Best…)

  1. Add the Achievement label by clicking in the Achievement Title area and typing your information.
  2. Optional: Enter a more-detailed description of the Achievement in the Achievement Description area below the Title. 


Cell Descriptions

Click in the Add a Description area to enter text communicating the requirements for each Achievement in each Dimension.

The point value for each Achievement and Dimension will be displayed in the lower right-hand corner of the cell description box.  As you adjust the Dimension points and Achievement percentages, the appropriate point value in each cell description box will automatically adjust.



If you would like to edit the Title of your rubric, click the icon next to the Title.

Click the gear icon to:

  • Turn rubric scoring on/off.
  • Adjust overall point total (displayed in the upper left hand corner of your rubric).
  • Add N/A option to each Dimension.
  • Turn Individual Comments on or off. This will add a comment box after each Dimension.
  • Turn General Comments on or off. This will add a general comment box to the end of the rubric.


Rubrics Tools:

Click the Rubrics Tool icon located in the top right corner to:

Edit your rubric

Editing a rubric is recommended for changes that will NOT likely impact the consistency of previously-collected data:

  • Minor spelling or grammar changes
  • Re-ordering of Dimensions
  • Enabling or disabling Comment fields


Copy a rubric

Copying a rubric is recommended for changes that ARE likely to impact the consistency of previously-collected data:

  • Adding or removing Dimensions or Achievements
  • Changing Scoring or N/A options
  • Changing the meaning of criteria


Share a rubric

  • You can add users who will be Assessors. Assigning a user as an Assessor will allow them to use your rubric template for their own means. 
  • You have the option to send an email letting Assessors know that they have been given access to a rubric template.


Print a rubric -You can print the rubric template if you would like to use or share this as a paper version.


Remove a rubric - Note that once a rubric is deleted from the system, it will remove the rubric and all associated data. These cannot be recovered once a rubric is removed.



Additional Resources:

Training video - For a video walk-through of step one, please click here.

Next step article - After you have created a rubric, please click here for Rubrics: Step Two - How to Enter Rubric Data.


If you need additional assistance with creating a rubric, please don’t hesitate to contact your Consultant. For technical support, you can also reach out to us by submitting a ticket or calling us at 716.270.0000.

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