Rubric Grading Criteria in Microsoft Teams Assignments

Microsoft Teams Assignment Rubric

Rubrics are a powerful tool used to assess students’ work. The criterion helps students to have a concrete understanding and visualisation of what they need to do to achieve a particular score. Each criterion also includes a gradation scale of quality.

Microsoft Teams for education now includes rubric based grading. They can be created and reused across Teams making it a powerful time saving tool for teachers while at the same time helping students understand how to succeed in the assignment.

If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Team Assignments, please check out our earlier post here.

When setting assignments, you will notice a new “Add Rubric” option.

Microsoft Teams Assignments

On this page, you can search for a rubric that has already been created at your school or create a brand new one. In this post, I’m going to go through how to create a new one. Click “new rubric”.

Create new Rubric

Give the rubric a name and turn on “points” so that we can assign scores to each piece of criteria.

Rubric Criteria

Enter your criteria, you can add more by pressing the plus button. You can also adjust the grading balance for each element. Teams will turn the points into an overall percentage when marking based on the balance given to each criterion.

Microsoft Teams Rubric

When you have finished creating your rubric, set the assignment for the students.

When the students have completed the assignment, go to review the work and open the student’s homework. In addition to the comment and grade, you can now select the rubric.

Review student work

This will show the criteria and you can select which has been met. The student work will be automatically marked based on the grade balance set in the rubric.

Review student work with rubric

This is what the student will see when you have graded their work with the rubric.

Student view of assignment rubric

It’s another fantastic update to Microsoft Teams for education. There is still more to come this summer including Microsoft Forms integration with self-marking quizzes. We will bring you news and guides on how to use that as soon as it is released!

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18 thoughts on “Rubric Grading Criteria in Microsoft Teams Assignments

  1. Will

    Is there a way to get decimal scores? My school uses a 5 point grading scale. It would be nice to have the assignments out of 5 instead of 100, and then get grades like 3.3 out of 5. I have only been able to get rounded answers, like 3 out of 5 when the actual score using the weighting I have loaded into the rubrics should be 3.3 out of 5. I saw when reference online from Microsoft that said you can choose the point scheme and it gave an example of points out of 100 and a 3.7/4.0, but cannot duplicate this.

    1. Tony Phillips Post author

      Hi Will,
      It has to be whole numbers, so in your case I would use 50 as your total and then you can simulate the same grading scale (e.g. 3.3 would be 33).

  2. Colin Brooks

    Is it possible to export the results of a rubric for all students, we have created and graded assignments using the rubric but would like to be able to export all the comments associated with the Team against the individual students but can’t find a way to do this.

    1. Tony Phillips Post author

      For any marked work (using a Rubric or not), you can export the grades and comments (see below)
      export marks
      However this will group them together by assignment rather than by rubric and it will show the total marks rather than for each piece of criteria. I would recommend sending your feedback to Justin Chando at Microsoft as it sounds that feature might be useful.

  3. Andrew Bruton

    Hi, We have written assignments in Spanish which are graded using two separate tables to get a score out of 16 (one for Content out of 10, the other for Quality of language out of 6).
    Is there a way to add more than one grading option for a single rubric (without percentages, because the grading we have is in bands: 9-10 for content being the highest) or can you apply more than one rubric per assignment?
    I’m not able to figure out if we’re fighting a losing battle here.

  4. Mark Robson

    Hi Tony, we are using Teams a lot more now (!) It seems a shame that when you export the gradebook you lose the data of the rubric marking your have given. It is just an overall score. Is there any way of exporting the rubric judgments? Ultimately what we are looking for is a way of making a judgement on a particular learning objective(s) to say that in that assignment the student has Mastered/Just about got it/Needs more practice/Not yet understanding the topics.

    In terms of self-assessment – we have done this using the MS Forms.

    1. Tony Phillips Post author

      Hi Anne,

      There are only scores available. I would recommend setting the score to 100 and then using it as a percentage for your grade boundaries.


  5. Paul Cresswell

    As above Tony we have moved to (belatedly) Teams for setting remote learning assignments. The Rubric would make grading an assignment and giving feedback so much quicker and easier. The issue I have is that in the UK we don’t have set %s for a particular skill a student is asked to evidence in a piece of assessment for example a 25 mark question has four areas
    25 mark evaluative questions:
    AO1 Knowledge = 5 – 20%
    AO2 Application = 4 – 16%
    AO3 Analysis = 6 – 24%
    AO4 Evaluation = 10 – 40%
    The four skills are in most questions with different descriptions however the %s of a 16, 20, 25 mark question will alter for different questions and topics.
    Short question ‘Can I change the amount awarded for each AO as required by a question?

    1. Tony Phillips Post author

      Hi Paul,

      It wouldn’t be possible to do that exactly.

      I would set your assignment to be out of 100 marks. Then set the percentages in each rubric criteria to match what you have listed above (rather than marks). I appreciate each piece of criteria has a different mark, so again you would have to set each column as it if was a percentage to match as closely as possible.

      Hope that helps,

  6. Jamie Owen

    Hi Tony,

    Rather like Andrew Bruton above, I would like to create rubrics that have different assessment criteria that accrue a different number of marks (e.g. a mark out of 24 plus a mark out of 16), each of which have their own bands/levels. I don’t want the eventual mark to be converted into a percentage. I would just want it totalled out of 40 (in the example above).

    Is there any way that this can be accommodated on Microsoft Teams?

    Many thanks.


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