Effects of rubric quality on marker variation in higher education

Subrata Chakraborty, Christopher Dann, Anuradha Mandal, Beverley Dann, Manoranjan Paul, Abdul Hafeez-Baig

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Variation among markers has the potential to disadvantage students by contributing to a discrepancy in assessments in higher education settings. In this study, we extended a previous study that analyzed first-year students’ results in a Business Faculty within an Australian university to understand the extent of variation within and between multiple markers and across multiple courses. The study investigated the potential influence of quality of rubrics and associated documentation provided as marker guidance. Results indicated that specific features of rubrics, such as the inclusion of clear indicators of quality, had an observable effect on marker variation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100997
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalStudies in Educational Evaluation
Early online date03 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021


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