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How is the Action Plan Presentation evaluated?

Action plan presentation judges use a rubric-based assessment to score student performances. See a sample scoresheet linked at the bottom of this article. Judges provide feedback and scores for each rubric criteria. The scores from judges determine the top performances in a competition. 

International Conference
At our world finals, judges assess students as they perform live for the audience. Each judge uses a performer’s total points to determine its ranking. At our world finals, in round 1, each action plan presentation is evaluated by two judges. The top presentations from each room will advance to the final round. In the final round, each performance will be evaluated by three judges. The scoring in the final round is conducted independently from the first round.

Scoring breakdown

Below is a breakdown of how many points are tied to each scoresheet criteria. Percentages have been rounded and may not add to 100%.

Relationship to action plan159%
Creativity of presentation159%
Persuasiveness of presentation159%
Completeness of presentation106%
Incorporation of props106%
Verbal communication of ideas106%
Nonverbal communication of ideas106%
Involvement of participants106%
Appropriate content106%
Approved list of items106%
Requirements score3521%

Rubric evaluation

Trained judges use a rubric to evaluate student work in 13 areas. Students receive quantitative feedback in their scores. Judges also leave qualitative feedback in order to support student skills in their future performances.

Our rubric is a scoring guide that indicates the expectations for the creative presentation and is used to evaluate the quality of students’ work. The rubric is presented as a table, with criteria and descriptions of quality.

While authentic assessment of student learning always comes first, we also depend on our uniform evaluation guidelines to provide a fair, consistent, and reliable method for competition scoring.

Scoresheet criteria

Judges score students on each of the criteria below. The table shows the requirements for a top scoring action plan presentation.

CriteriaTop scoring presentations
Relationship to action planDirectly related to the action plan
Creativity of presentationHighly inventive, strong humor or drama, unique elements
Persuasiveness of presentationHighly persuasive in promoting the action plan
Completeness of presentationClear actions with obvious beginning and ending
Incorporation of propsWide variety of the props used in many creative ways
Verbal communication of ideasAll actors spoke loudly, clearly, and expressively
Nonverbal communication of ideasActors used gestures, pantomime, and bodies in addition to words
StagingActors made good use of space and almost always spoke towards the audience
Involvement of participantsEvery actor had an effective and fairly equal role
PreparationWell-rehearsed presentation that flows smoothly
Appropriate contentAppropriate language and content throughout
Approved list of itemsAll materials and items used in the presentation nare from the approved list
RequirementsArrived to competition room on time
Arrived with completed info sheet
Incorporated mandatory props 1+2
Accurately included the mandatory quote
No outside assistance was given during presentation

International Conference Awards
The awards recognize the 1st – 5th place teams for our world finals in each of the three divisions. The awards are announced during the Variety Show on Saturday evening so the top team in each division can perform their Action Plan Presentations during the Sunday awards ceremony.

Attachment – Scoresheet

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