If you Google “unstandardized rubric” you can nearly make the second page of results before you see a headline that doesn’t include the word “standardized” in it. So what exactly is an unstandardized rubric? It’s intentional. It’s flexible. It’s reflective of the exact focus of your building. It’s a meaningful tool that helps to create a common language for collaboration.
It is important that every observation is based on a rubric that clearly articulates expectations and depicts what it looks like when those expectations are achieved at various levels. The challenge for instructional coaches is in building a rubric that can easily be completed within a short observation window and one that can provide information for meaningful dialogue around areas for improvement. An effective rubric should guide conversation and inspire new approaches.