Introduction to Rubrics: A Tool for School Culture

With your LiveSchool behavior rubric, you create an easy-to-follow roadmap that directs students towards the positive behaviors you want to recognize.

Your LiveSchool rubric is made up of two parts. 

  1. Categories help you organize your rubric into clear sections.
  2. Behaviors are the expectations teachers use to record positive or negative points.
Categories (Excellence, Demonstrate Values, Academic Skills, etc.) group your behaviors (Helping Others, Improvement,Outstanding Participation, etc.) into clear sections.

A few questions set the foundation for your rubric. 

  • What are the values you want at the heart of your school culture? 
  • What specific behaviors contribute to building this culture? 
  • What do these behaviors look like throughout the school day?

For more tips on building your school's behavior rubric, check out our blog!

Organize your Rubric

There are three popular ways to organize your rubric.

A values-based rubric (most common) organizes the rubric by the values your school wants to reinforce in your scholars.

You can label categories with a number to choose how they are sorted on your rubric.

A location-based rubric organizes behaviors by the locations where they are most relevant.

A grade-level-based rubric organizes your rubric for different age groups in your school.


We recommend organizing your rubric by values, then mixing and matching other approaches to meet your goals.

Culture Decision

Before customizing your rubric in LiveSchool - an important decision should be discussed amongst your team: will your school subtract for negative behaviors?

Make sure to configure LiveSchool to support your decision. Go to Setup > Site > Points System to choose this setting.

If you choose "No, Don't Subtract" you can still record negative points for data collection, but points will not be subtracted from students' point balances.

Getting Started

To get started editing your rubric, go to Setup > Site > Edit your Behavior Rubric.

LiveSchool comes pre-populated with an example rubric, but you can quickly start fresh by deleting categories

Only LiveSchool administrators can edit the behavior rubric, but as soon as you do, teachers will see the changes reflected immediately.

Create Your Behaviors

First, create a new category to group your behaviors. In the example above, we chose "Teamwork", and labeled it with a "1" so it will appear at the top of the rubric for teachers.

You can then add a new behavior. Name the behavior with clear, positive language.

Choose the point type - whether teachers can record both positive and negative points, positive points only, or negative points only for this behavior.

Add a point value to the behavior. If there are behaviors you want to emphasize with students a bit more, make them worth more points!

Then click save, and teachers' rubrics will be updated with your newly added behaviors and categories.

You can also create zero point behaviors which are perfect for documenting data that doesn't affect your rewards system, like a phone call home.

Behavior Notifications

With LiveSchool’s behavior notifications, you can set up real-time emails to specific staff members whenever a behavior is recorded. This feature is great for time-critical communication.

You can add notifications to new behaviors or existing behaviors.

When the point is recorded, the teachers and admins that you chose to notify will receive an email like this one:

Start Small

That's it! You're ready to start creating your rubric. If you're just starting out with a points system, we recommend to start with just a few behaviors so your teachers can quickly master your rubric. It's common for schools to add onto their rubric as the year progresses.