Lab Report Rubric

Lab activities and reports will be assessed compared to an error free performance.  Rarely, when the teacher believes it to be necessary, the lab reports may be graded based on the performance of students in the same class, otherwise known as a curve

90% - 100% Excellent

 

  • Lab report is typed and uses headings and subheadings to visually organize the material.
  • All required elements are present and additional elements that add to the report (e.g., thoughtful comments, graphics) have been added.
  • The purpose of the lab or the question to be answered during the lab is clearly identified and stated.
  • One or fewer errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar in the report.
  • Summary describes the skills learned, the information learned and some future applications to real life situations.
  • Conclusion includes whether the findings supported the hypothesis, possible sources of error, and what was learned from the experiment.
  • Report illustrates an accurate and thorough understanding of scientific concepts underlying the lab.
  • Professional looking and accurate representation of the data in tables and/or graphs that are labeled and titled.

 75% - 90% Good

 

  • All required elements are present.
  • The purpose of the lab or the question to be answered during the lab is identified, but is stated in a somewhat unclear manner.
  • Few errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar in the report.
  • Diagrams are included and are labeled neatly and accurately.
  • Procedures are listed in a logical order, but steps are not numbered and/or are not in complete sentences.
  • Conclusion includes whether the findings supported the hypothesis and what was learned from the experiment.
  • Report illustrates an accurate understanding of most scientific concepts in the lab.
  • Accurate representation of the data in tables and/or graphs.
  • Lab report is neatly handwritten or typed and uses headings and subheadings to visually organize the material.

65% - 75% Satisfactory

 

  • Some required elements are missing, but additional elements that add to the report (e.g., thoughtful comments, graphics) have been added.
  • The purpose of the lab or the question to be answered during the lab is partially identified, and is stated in a somewhat unclear manner.
  • Many errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar in the report.
  • Procedures are listed but are not in a logical order or are difficult to follow.
  • Conclusion includes what was learned from the experiment.
  • Report illustrates a limited understanding of scientific concepts underlying the lab.
  • Accurate representation of the data in written form, but no graphs or tables are presented.
  • Lab report is neatly written or typed, but formatting does not help visually organize the material.

 35% - 65% Unsatisfactory

 

  • Several required elements are missing and/or work was not handed in on time.
  • The purpose of the lab or the question to be answered during the lab is erroneous or irrelevant.
  • Many errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar in the report.
  • Lab report is handwritten and looks sloppy with cross-outs, multiple erasures and/or tears and creases.
  • Needed diagrams are missing OR are missing important labels.
  • Material is directly copied rather than put into student's own words and/or background sources are cited incorrectly.
  • No calculations are shown OR results are inaccurate or mislabeled.
  • Many materials are described inaccurately OR are not described at all.
  • No conclusion was included in the report OR shows little effort and reflection.
  • Report illustrates inaccurate understanding of scientific concepts underlying the lab.
  • Data is not shown, mislabeled, or is inaccurate.