KU Benchmarks for Teaching Effectiveness (Benchmarks)

Developed by A. Follmer Greenhoot, D. Ward, D. Bernstein, M. M. Patterson, & K. Colyott

Purpose To provide a comprehensive, balanced review, documentation, and evaluation of teaching.
Format Rubric
Duration N/A min
Focus Teaching (Teaching practices, course content, student activities, class climate, achievement learning outcomes, teaching reflection, advising, mentoring, teaching scholarship.)
Level Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Example rubric items from the Benchmarks rubric:

KU Benchmarks

External Resources

The developer website includes the following under General Guidance and Tools for Any Audience:

  • The Evidence Matrix indicates sources of evidence that can inform each dimension of the framework.
  • A Sample Portfolio of Instructor Materials gives a range of materials that could be used in a portfolio to inform the rubric.

And the following under Guidance and Tools for Departments, Evaluation/Review Committees, or Supervisors:

  • Department Guide for Evaluating Teaching for Annual Review gives detailed guidance on how to use the Benchmarks framework.
  • The Benchmarks Evaluation Form is a modifiable evaluation form that can be used alongside the rubric to document results from use of the rubric.
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Research-based Validation
This is the lowest level of research validation, corresponding to at least one of the validation categories below.

Research Validation Summary

Based on Research Into:

  • Relevant theory and/or data

Studied Using:

  • Iterative use of rubric
  • Inter-rater reliability
  • Expert review

Research Conducted:

  • At multiple institutions
  • By multiple research groups
  • Peer-reviewed publication

The rubric is aligned with three sources of evidence; instructors, peers, and students, which have been identified as important aspects of teaching evaluation by experts. It has not undergone any other research validation.

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Typical Results

There are no typical scores available for the Benchmarks rubric.

The Benchmarks rubric was last updated in 2020.