Science Lab Report Rubric

Category

Minimal

1 Point

Basic

2 Points

Proficient

3 Points

Advanced

4 Points

Title Present but not focused     Describes focus of the lab
Purpose Problem unclear Clear but many details missing Clear but some details missing Clear with details listed.
Background Needs to be relevant to the lab Only partially relevant Relevant with some detail Relevant using proper vocabulary and details
Hypothesis Needs to be stated as a hypothesis Needs to relate to problem more directly Directly related to problem, needs back-ground information Directly related to problem, and has back-

Ground information

Materials List Listed but not appropriate for the lab Listed, but needs to be more complete Listed and complete, but need quantity Listed, complete and quantity included
Independent and

Dependent variables

 

Both need to be identified One identified or,

both

identified but mixed up

   

Properly identified

Controls Needs to be identified One properly identified Two properly identified Three or more properly identified
Procedure Needs a logical sequence Logical sequence, needs to prove or disprove and need to be step by step Logical sequence,

Able to prove or disprove, not step by step

Logical sequence,

Able to prove or disprove

Need to be step by step

Data/Observations Includes a data chart or graph that doesn’t follow the rubric     Includes a data chart or graph that follows the rubric
Analysis   Needs to explain trends and oddities in the data. Explains the trends and oddities in the data. Need to explain error source Explain the trends and oddities in the data. Explain sources of error.
Conclusion Conclusion does not restate the hypothesis Conclusion restates the hypothesis, but needs to accept or reject the hypothesis. Conclusion restates and accepts or rejects the hypothesis. Conclusion restates and accepts or rejects the hypothesis and is supported by data.
Real Life Application   Explains what was learned, but needs to relate to your life   Explains how what was learned relates to your life
Mechanics/Grammar Word-processed with many grammatical errors. Word-processed with a few grammatical errors. Word-processed with no grammatical errors. Word-processed, with no grammatical errors. Includes graphics.
Classroom Performance Demonstrated unproductive or unsafe behavior. Demonstrated productive, safe, cooperative and orderly behavior.