Rubric with Point Ranges

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Please add the ability to assign point ranges within a rubric rating. I came from Blackboard which supported this feature and it was very useful in distinguishing levels of proficiency.


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Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

 @dcollier ​, similar feature ideas, such as and were put before the Community for consideration in previous voting cycles, but in each case failed to receive enough votes to move forward to the next stage. As opinions and priorities among Canvas users change, your newly-submitted idea might gain more popularity this time around, and I would expect it to be moved forward for consideration in the next voting period.

For what it's worth, I'll vote for it when it opens. I currently employ a workaround in which I make each rubric worth 100 points, and put point values on my rows commensurate with the relative importance of that particular criterion. Within the cells, I show the ranges for each cell in the text of the cell itself. Last, although I've been using the "Use this rubric for grading" setting on my rubrics for many years, a kind member of the Community advised me not to do so; that way, I can click on each of the cells and then use the Grade field at the top to fudge the score relative to the number of points I actually want to assign for each cell and row.

It's easier than it sounds. Nevertheless, I would love to see Canvas rubrics support point ranges.

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

186577_pastedImage_3.pngThank you for your Feature Idea submission. We wanted to call your attention to the feature ideas that Stefanie just referred you to: and   which were submitted in a different voting period, but archived due to lack of votes or inadequate response. You may want to reference this idea for insight.

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Community Novice


I’m brand new to canvas. Is there a chance you could screenshot your rubric and send it to me?

Thanks for your feedback and your vote.

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

Sure,  @dcollier ​! I tinker with my rubrics all the time, so I'll provide two different iterations for your consideration.



You'll see that in the second one, I tried to save a little bit of real estate by putting the longer descriptions in the "view longer description" popup that appears under the title of the criterion.

Community Team
Community Team

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Community Novice

The only aspect of Canvas that concerned me was the rubric feature.  I need the point-range feature, so I'm all for Stephanie's idea.  I also like the sliding range previously suggested. 

Community Novice

I know many of our instructors would like to see this feature implemented. We are coming from another LMS that had this ability. It allowed the instructors the flexibility that they needed as well as the structure that the rubric provided.

Community Champion

I have received similar feedback from a few faculty, and definitely see the value of this feature.

Thinking of Speed Grader, will the instructor need to type in the points for each rating?

Will clicking on a rating default to the highest point value in the range?  Or the lowest?  Middle?

I'm interested to see how the range is implemented.

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

This is an incredibly interesting feature for me, because, as I mentioned upthread, I already use a workaround to incorporate point ranges into my rubrics and assignment grading. So speaking strictly from the standpoint of how I'm currently using it, I'd be happy if I could type in a value that falls within a range and have the rubric highlight the appropriate cell. I have used a different LMS--some of the contributors to this thread have probably used the same one--where teachers have to select the correct number of points from a dropdown in each cell (and that only after designing the rubric to specifically allow for that). I suspect implementation of that design would take a lot of the "speed" out of SpeedGrader.

Community Participant

I love the way the rubric works in Canvas currently and am for implementing the suggested change unless it takes away speed or restricts me from what I am currently doing. I currently use the rubric feature to grade each question on a statistics assignment with each question worth a certain number of points. I click the points they earned for each question and save, give feedback and am on to the next submission.

I have tried the rubric in Blackboard and it is awful for my needs. Implementing the rubric as is done in Blackboard would be an enormous downgrade and tie my hands.

I have not used rubrics in any other LMS so I cannot imagine anything other than these two.