Rubric for assessing Concept Maps

Exemplary Proficient Progressing Partial
Identification of concepts Map identifies the important concepts and provides evidence of understanding of knowledge domain on multiple levels Map includes most important concepts and provides evidence of understanding knowledge domain on some levels Map includes some of the Important concepts provides evidence of understanding knowledge domain on limited or one domain Map includes few  concepts with most important concepts missing and limited or non-existent evidence of understanding knowledge domain
Interconnectivity among concepts Evidence of understanding relationships and how all concepts are interlinked with many other concepts Evidence of understanding of most relationships and how most concepts are interlinked with other concepts Evidence of understanding of some relationships and how some concepts are linked to other concepts Evidence of understanding of few relationships and how limited number of concepts are linked to other concepts
Descriptive connectivity of links Succinct and accurate description of all relationships through links Proficient and mostly accurate description of most relationships through most links Often clear and sometimes accurate description of some relationships through some of the links Vague and partially accurate description of most relationships through most of the links
Efficiency of links Each link is distinct from all others, concisely  describes relationship and is used consistently throughout the map Most links are distinct from others, considerably  describe most relationships,  and is used mostly consistently throughout the map. Some links are distinct from others, moderately describe some relationships, and are  used with some or limited consistency throughout the map Most links are not distinct but rather synonymous to each other, describe vaguely any relationships, and are used with no consistency throughout the map.
Evidence of hierarchical organization and use of examples All concepts are organized hierarchically with clarity and with extensive number of relevant examples and links Most concepts are organized in hierarchical order with considerable clarity and with substantial number of examples and links provided Some concepts are organized in hierarchical order with fair with moderate number of examples and links Limited concepts are organized hierarchical or none at all, and there is a limited number of examples and links provided
Critical thinking and communication Map provides evidence of complex and sophisticated critical thinking; most appropriate selection of type of concept map that allows for exceptional level of understanding Map provides some evidence of mostly complex and substantial critical thinking; appropriate selection of concept map that allows for proficient level of understanding Map provides evidence of moderate critical thinking; the concept map  selected allows for moderate level of understanding Map provides evidence of limited critical thinking; the type of concept map allows for basic level of understanding

Adapted from Jennings, D. (2012).