Secondary Non -Experimental Research

Assessment Rubric for Scoring Student Research Projects

Adapted from the Kansas State Department
  Target Indicators
1 - Emerging (Beginning)
2 - Nearly Proficient
3 - Accomplished
4 - Exceptional (Mastering)
Research Question

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.

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 amounts to only simple information gathering.

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 requires the collection and interpretation of data in order to provide an answer.

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. The reference format follows APA guidelines.

Research Methods:

How will I find out?

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

The information collected is not adequate to answer the question. 

The description of the method of collecting information is absent or seriously flawed. 

The research procedure has small flaws or is incomplete in answering the research question.

Uses only secondary sources of information or data.

The description of the methods of research is incomplete.

 

The research procedure is described in detail and the information it collects answers the research question completely.

Uses appropriate primary and secondary sources of information or data.

Valid logic and thorough planning are evident in the design of the research methods.

Results of Study:

What information did I collect in this study?

The information collected is incompletely displayed.

The information collected is unclear.

There is discrepancy between the procedure and the information collected. 

The information or data collected is not adequate to answer the research question.

 

The information collected is adequately displayed. 

The information collected  is clear.

The information collected adequately reflects the stated procedure. 

The information collected adequately answers the research question.

The information collected is highly detailed and accurate. 

The results are clearly displayed. 

The information collected is comprehensive in answering the research question.

The information collected indicates the student followed their procedure well. 

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 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 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. 

 

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 that have some flaws. 

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

Makes sophisticated leaps in thinking related to new research questions. 

Makes sophisticated suggestions related to the improvement of the existing research design.

Research Values:

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 that 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 or issues based on the research. 

Identifies, plans and implements actions based on the research.