Assessment Rubrics


Oral Communication Rubrics

Many individuals ask for examples of rubrics that can be used to assess student oral communication.  There are many ways to develop rubrics, but the most important element to remember is that your rubric must reflect what you want students to be able to do.  The examples here are just that:  examples.  They are here to help stimulate your thinking, not to limit you to the categories or behavior identified.  Create your own rubrics that address your needs and purposes.

There are many different kinds of rubrics.  The examples here vary greatly.  Some are much more comprehensive and specific than others, and some focus on only a small number of behaviors.  Rubrics ought to reflect the disciplinary requirements of whatever communication form is being assessed.  Some of these you will find quite helpful, others you will find lacking for your purposes.  Generic rubrics often do not provide the detail you need, so use these as a guide, not as final versions that you ought to adopt. 

Generic rubrics from Hamline University:

These rubrics are to provide a general overview of the kinds of communication behaviors associated with these contexts.  They should be adapted to your specific discipline, course, and learning objectives, so consider these as a place to start.

Click on the following links to see these generic rubrics from Hamline University:

Presentational Speaking Rubric

Discussion Rubric

Group Communication Rubric

Rubrics from other sources can be found below. 

This source provides a background for creating rubrics, that many people have found helpful.  It is well worth checking out, is here:

Teamwork and Oral Communication generally:


The AAC&U Essential Learning Outcomes Metarubrics site has several different rubrics, for teamwork, presentational speaking, critical thinking, and inquiry analysis.  Click here to go to that site. 

Class Discussion:

Debate and Presentations:

There are at least two kinds of evaluation forms at the National Communication Association site, with an extensive discussion of the kinds of behaviors that are associated with more effective speaking generally.  There are both a more specific evaluation form, and a holistic evaluation form among these materials.  Click here to go directly to the “Competent Speaker Speech Evaluation Form” at that site.

There are several other rubrics from various places, links provided below:

Oral communication   (there are several rubrics from the University of Scranton)