Appendix D: PROBLEM SOLVING RUBRIC – Tool for classroom formative assessments
Definition: Problem solving is the process of examining evidence, defining the problem, analyzing strategies, evaluating potential solutions, implementing the solution and reflecting on the results.

Mastery 4 
Proficient 3 
Developing 2 
Novice 1 
No Attainment 0 
What did the review of evidence indicate? (Examine evidence)

Can clearly state all supporting information and identify possible ambiguities in the information, providing alternate interpretations for all ambiguous information. 
Can clearly state all supporting information and identify some possible ambiguities in the information, but does not prove alternate interpretations for all ambiguous information. 
Can clearly state all supporting information but cannot identify any possible ambiguities in the information. 
Can state some supporting information. 
Cannot state any supporting information. 
What is the problem? (Defining the Problem) 
Can clearly state the problem and related factors in detail. 
Can clearly state the problem and most of the related factors with some details. 
Can state the problem with some of the related factors, but with little detail. 
Can state the problem, but needs clarity. Needs help stating and understanding related factors. 
Cannot state problem to be solved. 
How do I solve it? (Identifying Strategies & Proposing Solutions) 
Can identify several ways to solve a problem, considering all the related factors. Has a clear and stated alternative plan. 
Can identify at least two ways to solve a problem, considering most of the related factors. 
Can identify at least two ways to solve a problem, but has difficulty identifying related factors. 
Can identify only one way to solve the problem Does not clearly identify related factors. 
Cannot identify any ways to solve the problem. 
Am I sure that will work? Why? (Analyzing Potential Solutions)

Can clearly and concisely rank the solutions considering effect, efficiency and other related factors. 
Can clearly and concisely rank the solutions considering effect and efficiency or other related factors. 
Can rank the solutions but only considers effect or efficiency or related factors.

Can rank the solutions but does not consider efficiency, effect or any related factors. 
Cannot rank potential solutions. 
Do It! Solve the Problem! (Implementing the Solution) 
Implements all the factors, is able to solve the problem 
Implements most of the factors, is able to solve the problem. 
Does not implement many of the factors but does solve the problem. 
Implements a solution which does not directly address the stated problem. 
Does not implement the solution. 
Did it Work? (Reflecting on the Results) 
Reviews results and gives full consideration whether any additional work is needed. 
Reviews results and gives some consideration whether any additional work is needed. 
Reviews results and gives little consideration whether any additional work is needed. 
Reviews results but does not consider whether any additional work is needed. 
Does not review results. 