The Employability Rubric: Necessary or Not?

With the start of a new quarter, teachers at Dubiski CHS await the final grade-posting deadline for the first nine weeks. Part of that process involves submitting a numerical “grade” for students based upon the employability skills that each demonstrates.

The Key to Employability

Side note – Dubiski is a 1:1 career and technology high school. Students choose and must “apply” to attend. When doing so, they select one of 12 career pathways from Engineering to Culinary to Health Science Technology as their catalyst for learning. By their senior year, students are submerged in local internships as a part of their graduation requirements and by default get a taste of what employees expect. But shouldn’t ALL students get a sampling?  I’m sure others do if they’re also employed outside of school, but at some point, having the necessary skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to obtain work, maintain work, and progress in the workplace will benefit all students. Getting feedback in a school setting is crucial. Enter the Employability Rubric.

I was curious to see how many other schools, particularly high schools, currently use this feedback tool to help students and parents understand the importance of having good workplace skills. Not as many as I expected – from my quick search. However, Dr. Corey Vorthmann (@vorthmann) clarifies some key points about the validity of this tool. 

Take a look at ours. This is certainly not a new concept, and this model is entering its fifth year. It could use some revamping, but I think it’s a crucial part of evaluating student success. Academic grades aren’t enough. Anyone know the A+ student who lacks professionalism? Or the one who thinks responsible use doesn’t apply to her? Or the one who simply cannot make it to class on time? The ER balances the scales and when documented properly, gives students a true evaluation of their workplace (school) performance. Does your campus need one?

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