What is it? The first part of this rubric helps teachers guide students in grades 3-5 in using an effective process for innovation in various phases of a project, and it can be used to assess their performance. Alignment with CCSS is noted. The second part of the rubric can be used to assess the degree of creativity shown in the products students create in a project.
Why do we like it? Creativity is a difficult quality to describe, but we think this rubric is clear and concrete. It shows how CCSS can be met through PBL. It is more appropriate for "product design" than for assessing creativity in the arts.
How can you use it? Use one or both parts of the rubric to guide students and assess their work, or to inform your thinking as you create your own assessment tools. Schools and districts can adopt or adapt this rubric for use across all classrooms.