Module 8: Binning

This module introduces you to the concept of “Binning” moves. Using rubrics or answer keys is the most common way to bin student performances. Categorizing, sorting, ranking, evaluating, grading–all of these types of assessment strategies and evaluation tools can be used to gauge understanding and to help determine possible next steps.

Binning is the art of noticing patterns in student responses, categorizing them along learning trajectories, and using real-time assessment classroom-based data to inform next steps with students. In this module, we consider various modalities, types, and purposes of binning moves to aid in the process of checking for understanding–the heart of formative assessment–in addition to providing a summative mark or grade. 

We also discuss various binning tools such as rubrics, answer keys, partial credit scoring guides, and progress guides that support self-assessment and peer assessment routines. 

In this module, you’ll explore:

  • A 20-25 minute video explaining Binning
  • Video clip(s) of “Binning” in authentic classroom settings
  • Checks for understanding and a Glossary to help you clarify content
  • A PDF of References


By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Define binning
  • Describe why binning matters
  • Apply good binning techniques in face-to-face, blended, and online instructional environments