ThemeSpark – Standards-Based Rubrics in Less Than A Minute

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ThemeSpark provides a quick way to generate rubrics based on standards.  They currently focus on national level standards but plan to add more in time.

Standards Currently Supported:

  • Common Core State Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • National Coalition for Core Art Standards
  • 21st Century Skills

ThemeSpark Rubric

The site walks you through a series of steps to narrow your choices from subject to standard.  Some standards are broken down into elements allowing teachers to measure the entire standard or just a subset of the standard.  Many of the standards have been reworded to differentiate among levels of mastery within a rubric.

ThemeSpark Menu

Simple & Quick Menu


The site doesn’t offer many ways to customize your rubric, but that’s the point.  They have taken a minimalist approach so that you can “make a standards-based rubric in less than a minute.”

Finished rubrics can be downloaded as PDFs.  Rubrics can be shared via URL, email, Facebook, Twitter, or Likedin.

Check out some of the sample rubrics:

Learn more about ThemeSpark from founder and former teacher David Hunter.

You might also want to check out ForAllRubrics – a digital rubric solution.

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