Secondary Experimental Research
Assessment Rubric for Scoring Student Research Projects

Provided by the Kansas Collaborative Research Network (KanCRN)

Research Process
1 - Emerging (Beginning)
3 - Developing
5 - Proficient (Mastering)
Research Question / Hypothesis: 
 

What do I want to find out?

The observations or descriptions related to the research question are very limited.

The research question is absent, inadequate or incompletely described.

The research question is not answerable by experiment.

The prediction (hypothesis) is absent or not based on assumptions.

Adequate observations or descriptions are used in determining and communicating the research question.

The research question is described but some detail is missing.

The research question is answerable by experiment but lacks clarity.

The prediction  (hypothesis) lacks some assumptions or conditions.

Exemplary observations and descriptions are used in determining and communicating the research question.

The research question is described clearly, completely, fully and in great detail.

The research question is answerable by experiment.

The prediction (hypothesis) is based on assumptions with conditions.

Background Information:
 

What do we already know? 

The review has some obvious misconceptions. 

A limited description of background information is provided. 

The background information is not entirely relevant to the research question. 

There has been a limited search of literature.  There is a lack of diversity in sources.  There is a lack of quantity in sources. 

An inadequate or inconsistent reference format is used.

The review describes relevant concepts. 

A complete description of background information is provided. 

The background information is related to the research question. 

There is an adequate search of literature. There is an adequate diversity of sources (books, magazines, Internet, interviews). There is an adequate quantity of sources. 

The reference format is adequate with some inconsistencies.

The review demonstrates a mastery of the relevant concepts. 

An exemplary description of background information is provided. 

The background information is focused on the research question. 

There is an exemplary search of literature. There is a high diversity of sources. (books, magazines, Internet, interviews). There is a large quantity of sources. 

The reference format is exemplary and consistent.The reference format follows APA guidelines.

Experimental Procedure:
 

How will I find out? 

The experimental design has serious flaws or does not address the research question. 

The information collected is not adequate to answer the question. 

The procedure fails to identify and address key independent and dependent variables. 

The procedure does not include adequate attention to control of variables. 

A description of the methods of data collection is absent or seriously flawed. 

There is an inappropriate selection of tools and technology.

There is inadequate attention to units of measure

The experimental design has small flaws or is incomplete in answering the question. 

The information collected by the procedure is adequate in answering the question. 

The procedure identifies and addresses some of the independent and dependent variables. 

The control of variables is included in the experimental design. 

A description of the methods of data collection is incomplete. 

The information / data collected is adequate in answering the research question.

There is an adequate selection of tools and technology.

There is an adequate attention to units of measure.

The experimental design includes a detailed experiment that answers the research question completely. 

The procedure identifies and addresses all relevant independent and dependent variables. 

The experimental procedure includes exceptional attention to control of variables. 

There is a highly detailed description of the methods of data collection. 

The information/data  collected is comprehensive in answering the research question.

The procedure makes innovative and appropriate use of tools and technology.

There is an adequate attention to units of measure.

Results of Study:
 

What information did I collect from my experiment? 
 

The information collected is incompletely displayed. 

There is discrepancy between the procedure and the information collected. 

The information/data collected is inadequate in answering the research question.

There is an inadequate use of units of measure. 

The information collected is adequately displayed. 

The information collected adequately reflects the stated procedure. 

The information /data collected is adequate in answering the research question.

There is an adequate use of units of measure.

The information collected is highly detailed and accurate. 

The results are clearly displayed. 

The information collected indicates the student followed their procedure well. 

The information/data  collected is comprehensive in answering the research question.

There is an adequate use of units of measure.

Analysis:
 

How did I organize the information I collected? 
 

The organization of data and analysis of data is unclear. 

The researcher struggles to find meaning in the information displayed. 

The researcher does not use adequate statistical analysis of data. 

The organization of the data is inadequate to support the conclusion.

The organization of data and analysis of data is adequate. 

The researcher uses simple and valid statistical analysis procedures.  Statistical analysis is limited to central tendency or simple graphs. 

The organization of the data is just adequate to support the conclusion.

The organization of the data is very clear and descriptive. 

The researcher uses the proper and sophisticated statistical analysis procedures. (central tendency, deviation, significance, correlation, charts and graphs) 

The organization of the data provides a clear and convincing evidence for the conclusion.

 

Conclusion:
 

What did I find out? 
 

The conclusion does not communicate the meaning of the results. 

The conclusion fails to properly interpret information or make inferences or deductions. 

The conclusion fails to identify any shortcomings of the research procedure.

The conclusion fails to relate back to the hypothesis.

The conclusion adequately communicates the meaning of the results. 

The conclusion adequately compares or interprets information and makes some inferences or deductions. 

The conclusion fails to identify some shortcomings of the research procedure.

The conclusion relates back to the hypothesis.

The conclusion communicates the meaning of the results with a high degree of clarity and focus. 

The conclusion makes sophisticated comparisons, interpretations, inferences or deductions from the research information. 

The conclusion identifies patterns, concepts, meanings or structures in the data or information.

Shortcomings of the research procedure are identified though a sophisticated examination of the research results.

The conclusion relates back to the hypothesis.

Further Research:
 

What do I do next? 
 

Does not make a connection to the next steps in new research or in redesigning the existing procedure. Makes suggestions for new research ideas which have some flaws. 

Makes some suggestions for improvement of the existing experimental design which are incomplete or flawed.

Makes sophisticated leaps in thinking related to new research questions. 

Makes suggestions related to the improvement of the existing experimental design.

Social Action:
 

Does my research lead to any actions? 
 

Does not recognize solutions or decisions which follow from the knowledge gained in the research. Suggests some solutions or actions which do not relate completely to the research conclusions. Recognizes the social, political, or ethical implications of the knowledge gained by the research.

Identifies proposed solutions to societal concerns based on the research. 

Identifies, plans and implements actions based on the research.