Grading Rubrics

Rubrics are tools that provide recruits with the expectations for various assignments that they are responsible for. Rubrics identify the point values for each assignment and outlines what is considered when explorer academy staff are grading those assignments. Rubrics are used by explorer academy staff to fairly and accurately assign grades, based upon the identified performance standards of that particular assignment.

The below rubrics have been provided so that each recruit may better understand the expectations of these assignments, and are intended to enhance the material contained in the Recruit Training Manual. Any question(s) about any of the below rubrics and/or assignments, should be brought to the attention of the explorer academy platoon staff.

Autobiography

Beginning
(1-2 points)
Developing
(3-4 points)
Accomplished
(5-7 points)
Exemplary
(8-10 points)
Introduction/Conclusion
(10 points possible)
The recruit does not encourage interest in their history, The conclusion is not evident to the reader; the recruit does not answer questions 6-12 on the assignment instruction page. The recruit encourages some interest in their history, the conclusion is attempted, however at least 1/3 of the questions on the assignment instruction page are unanswered. The recruit heightens interest in their history, the paper has a concluding statement included; all of the questions on the assignment instruction page are answered. The recruit creatively introduces themselves to the reader and thoroughly answers all of the questions on the assignment instruction page; a conclusion statement is included.
Organization
(10 points possible)
The recruit does not follow the questions on the assignment instruction page in any particular order; the paper does not follow an essay format. The recruit answers most of the questions on the assignment instruction page, however, not in any particular order; the paper is difficult to follow and is not fluid. The recruit provides the information in order that they appear on the assignment instruction page; the paper is fluid and easy to follow. The recruit clearly provides specific details about their history, using the assignment instruction page in the order in which it appears; the story is easy to follow.
Overall Content
(10 points possible)
The recruit does not complete two full pages; has poor penmanship, has no regard for margins, has several grammatical and/or spelling errors, does not express their thoughts. The recruit completes most of the two full pages; writes legibly, but not quite “neatly”, keeps inside of the margins, has some grammatical and/or spelling errors, somewhat expresses their thoughts. The recruit completes both full pages; writes neatly, keeps inside of the margins, has few grammatical and/or spelling errors, partially expresses their thoughts. The recruit completes more than the minimum two full pages; writes neatly, keeps inside of the margins, has no grammatical or spelling errors, clearly expresses their thoughts.
Structural Quality
(10 points possible)
The paper is missing the Autobiography title on the top line, lacks the proper heading; paragraphs are not indented or separated by single line space; penmanship is messy and there are several misspelled words and grammatical errors, is not in an essay format. The paper has a heading, but in missing the title on the top line of the paper; some paragraphs are indented, with a single line space between paragraphs; penmanship is legible, but no “neat”, there are some misspelled words and/or grammatical errors; is in an essay format. The paper has the proper heading, has the title centered on the top line of the paper; paragraphs are indented, with a single line space between paragraphs; penmanship is neat and easy to understand, with minor grammatical and/or spelling errors. The paper has the proper heading, has the title centered on the top line of the paper; each paragraph is indented, with a single line space between paragraphs; the paper is printed very neatly, with no erasure marks, spelling or grammatical errors; paper is more than two pages in length.
Chronological Order
(10 points possible)
The paper is completely out of order, lacks organization, does not begin with the beginning of their life and lacks a conclusion. The paper lacks organization, the timeline jumps around; the paper stops short of telling a story that is up to date. The paper is mostly organized and in order as events happened; the story is easy to follow, but lacks some clarifying details. The paper is very organized, it begins with the recruit’s birth and continues to date; the recruit’s expectations and goals are clearly identified.
Total Score
Total score possible: 50 pts.
Minimum passing score: 35 pts.

 

Weekly Notebook

Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary
Notebook Organization
(7 points possible)
The notebook is lacking organization; the tab dividers – if any – are not properly numbered; the lecture title is absent from the notes; notes have misspelled words and are not in outline format. The notebook is partially organized and complies with the notebook instructions listed on the website; the notes lack the proper headings and/or the proper title of the lecture on each lecture note page; there are spelling errors in the notes. The notebook is well organized, has a table of contents page, all lectures subjects are properly separated with tab dividers with coinciding Roman numerals on the tabs, notes are properly labeled and are neat. The notebook is very organized, the table of contents page is neat and lined up; the proper heading appears on each note page, the proper lecture title is centered on the top line of the paper. Proper outline format appears on each note page; there is more than one page of notes for each lecture topic.
Outline Format
(6 points possible)
The notes are not in proper outline format; the information is not separated by topic and are hard to read and/or comprehend; does not enhance the recruit’s retention of the material. The notes are in outline format, however, they are not in the proper outline format; the notes are short and are not arranged to optimize the recruit’s retention of the material. The notes are in outline format, are legible but not “neat”; there are erasure marks visible and the individual topics are not clearly addressed in the notes. The notes are in proper outline format, are neat, printed legibly and contain pertinent information, and are arranged to optimize the recruit’s retention of the material.
Overall Content
(6 points possible)
The recruit completes some of the full page; has poor penmanship, has no regard for margins, has several grammatical and/or spelling errors, does not express their thoughts. The recruit completes most of a full page; writes legibly, but not quite “neatly”, keeps inside of the margins, has some grammatical and/or spelling errors, somewhat expresses their thoughts. The recruit completes a full page; writes neatly, keeps inside of the margins, has few grammatical and/or spelling errors, partially expresses their thoughts. The recruit completes a full page; writes neatly, keeps inside of the margins, has no grammatical or spelling errors, clearly expresses their thoughts.
Structural Quality
(6 points possible)
The notebook is lacking a cover sheet, a table of contents page; tab dividers are not used; notes are short and messy. Not all of the note pages have the proper heading and/or the proper title listed on the first line; some lecture notes are not separated properly with tab dividers, or the tab divider lack the corresponding Roman numerals. The notes have the proper heading and there are more than two pages of notes for each lecture topic; the tab dividers are present and are mostly the same style and color; the notebook has a clean coversheet and legible table of contents page. The notes have the proper heading, the lecture title is centered on the top line of the paper; there are several pages of notes for each lecture topic; the tab dividers are of the same style and color, the notebook has a clean cover sheet and a neat/clean table of contents page.
Total Score
Total score possible: 25 pts.
Minimum passing score: 17 pts.

 

Current Event

Beginning
(1-2 points)
Developing
(3 points)
Accomplished
(4 points)
Exemplary
(5 points)
Introduction/Event Re-Cap
(5 points possible)
Introduction is not in the recruit’s own-words, it does not follow the facts of the actual event; the article is not related to law enforcement. Introduction is mostly in recruit’s own-words, somewhat follows the facts of the event, may use a sentence and/or phase that is directly from the attached article, the article is related to law enforcement. Introduction is in recruit’s own-words, sufficiently follows the facts of the event; does not plagiarize the attached article, the article is related to law enforcement. Introduction is in the recruit’s own-words, clearly follows the facts of the specific event; does not plagiarize the attached article, the article is related to law enforcement.
Synopsis/Opinion
(5 points possible)
The recruit provides few or no details that would support their opinion of the event. The recruit provides some details that somewhat supports their opinion of the event. The recruit provides sufficient details that partially support their opinion of the event. The recruit clearly provides specific details that support their opinion of the event, does not re-write the introduction of the event.
Overall Content
(5 points possible)
The recruit completes some of the full page; has poor penmanship, has no regard for margins, has several grammatical and/or spelling errors, does not express their thoughts. The recruit completes most of a full page; writes legibly, but not quite “neatly”, keeps inside of the margins, has some grammatical and/or spelling errors, somewhat expresses their thoughts. The recruit completes a full page; writes neatly, keeps inside of the margins, has few grammatical and/or spelling errors, partially expresses their thoughts. The recruit completes a full page; writes neatly, keeps inside of the margins, has no grammatical or spelling errors, clearly expresses their thoughts.
Structural Quality
(5 points possible)
Paper is missing the Current Event number on the top line, lacks the newspaper / website name or date; paragraphs are not indented or separated by single line space; the article is not attached to the current event paper. Paper has a heading, but in missing or has the improper current event number on the top line of the paper; has the newspaper / website name, but not the date written out, some paragraphs are indented, with a single line space between paragraphs; the article is not neatly trimmed and is not stapled to the current event paper. Paper has the proper heading, has the Current Event number centered on the top line of the paper; has the newspaper / website name and date of the article on the second line; most paragraphs are indented, with a single line space between paragraphs; the article is trimmed but paper clipped to the current event paper. Paper has the proper heading, has the Current Event number centered on the top line of the paper; has the newspaper / website name and date of the article on the second line; each paragraph is indented, with a single line space between paragraphs; the article is properly trimmed and stapled to the current event paper.
Total Score
Total score possible: 20 pts.
Minimum passing score: 14 pts.

 

Word-Of-The-Week

Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary
Definition
(3 points possible)
Definition is not from a dictionary source; does not give the actual definition of the word-of-the-day. Definition is partially from a dictionary source; lacks a clear definition. Definition is sufficiently clear to define the word-of-the-day. Definition is directly from a dictionary source, and clearly identifies the word-of-the-day.
Synopsis/Opinion
(2 points possible)
The recruit provides few or no details that would indicate they understand the meaning of the word-of-the-day, or its application to law enforcement or the explorer academy. The recruit provides some details that would indicate they partially understand the meaning of the word-of-the-day, and its basic application to law enforcement or the explorer academy. The recruit provides sufficient details that they understand the basic meaning of the word-of-the-day, and its application to law enforcement and the explorer academy. The recruit clearly provides specific details that they understand the meaning of the word-of-the-day, and its application to law enforcement and the explorer academy.
Overall Content
(3 points possible)
The recruit completes some of the full page; has poor penmanship, has no regard for margins, has several grammatical and/or spelling errors, does not express their thoughts. The recruit completes most of a full page; writes legibly, but not quite “neatly”, keeps inside of the margins, has some grammatical and/or spelling errors, somewhat expresses their thoughts. The recruit completes a full page; writes neatly, keeps inside of the margins, has few grammatical and/or spelling errors, partially expresses their thoughts. The recruit completes a full page; writes neatly, keeps inside of the margins, has no grammatical or spelling errors, clearly expresses their thoughts.
Structural Quality
(2 points possible)
Paper is missing the word-of-the-day on the top line; paragraphs are not indented or separated by single line space. Paper has a heading, but is missing the word-of-the-day on the top line of the paper; some paragraphs are indented, with a single line space between paragraphs. Paper has the proper heading, has the word-of-the-day centered on the top line of the paper; most paragraphs are indented, with a single line space between paragraphs. Paper has the proper heading, has the word-of-the-day centered on the top line of the paper; each paragraph is indented, with a single line space between paragraphs.
Total Score
Total score possible: 10 pts.
Minimum passing score: 7 pts.