A rubric is a system used to rate work. The rubric I use is simple. If I draw a "star" on your child's paper or homework, it means that they have done beyond what I have expected. If I draw a ''smiley face" it means that your child did what is expected. If a check mark is on your child's paper, then it means that they didn't try hard enough on their work and that they could have done more. A disappointed face represents no effort and not working up to their potential.