History Fair Judge’s Scoring Rationale PDF Print E-mail

Student projects are evaluated by a team of two "judges." The judges are volunteers who come from all walks of life—the common denominators are their commitment to quality education and respect for students. While there is a subjective nature to the judging process, CMHEC seeks to create a fair and objective environment by giving an orientation to judges on the day of the competition; asking judges to consult each other after the projects have been reviewed; and averaging their scores. Scores are not allowed to be more than 10 points apart. Judges are given the criteria, below, on which they base their scores.


Knowledge (30%)

-Are the facts gathered by the student appropriate and relevant to the thesis, demonstrating a mastery of historical facts?

-Does the project demonstrate an extensive use of knowledge?

-Is the conclusion based on historical research?

Grades 9-12 Grades 6-8
Superior 30-29 35-32
Excellent 28-25 31-28
Good 24-23 27-25
Fair 22-21 24-21


Analysis (30%)

-Has the student(s) clearly identified a THESIS?

-Does the project begin with a question or problem and proceed to find an answer, make a point, and draw a conclusion?

-Does the project demonstrate change over time or cause and effect?

-Has the student related local history to larger historical themes or made a link to state or national/world history?

-Is the significance of the topic clearly demonstrated?

-Does the project go beyond a collection of facts and show evidence of analysis or interpretation?

Grades 9-12 Grades 6-8
Superior 30-29 25-23
Excellent 28-25 22-20
Good 24-23 19-18
Fair 22-21 17-15


Quality of Source Material (20%)

-Has the student used a variety of primary and secondary sources to address the question/problem posed by the thesis?

-Is it evident that the sources in the bibliography have actually been used in the project?

-Is there heavy and unnecessary reliance on Internet sources? Do students use those sources as primary or secondary sources? Is there evidence that the student has evaluated the credibility of the Internet source?

Grades 9-12 Grades 6-8
Superior 20-19 20-18
Excellent 18-17 17-16
Good 16-15 15-14
Fair 14-13 13-12


Quality of Presentation (20%)

-Does the project FLOW logically from beginning to end?

-Does the project tell a story (have a narrative structure)?

-Is the student using the most appropriate medium to present his or her work?

-Does the physical appearance show attention to detail in terms of neatness, proofreading, subheadings?

-Does the project reflect creativity and imagination without relying on elaborate or expensive ornamentation?

Grades 9-12 Grades 6-8
Superior 20-19 20-18
Excellent 18-17 17-16
Good 16-15 15-14
Fair 14-13 13-12

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