There is another thread going on about comments back from the judges to teams.
Currently RECF has said to not return the rubrics to team since the point value is very subjective and that some teams will come argue the score with the judges.
In Delmarva for 2018-19 I piloted the return of feedback to VIQ teams about their interview and notebook.
The form had on it “These Judges comments are offered as a way that your team can improve.”
The guidance to the judges was to give 2-5 comments back to the team with more “things that were good” vs “things that you can improve on”. They are to be in the same order as the rubric and reference the section (ie. “Brainstorm Solutions”) and a comment may be “Good on documenting the five ideas you had so well, it looked like you spent a good deal of time” or “You only had one idea listed, you should try and identify a few more ideas that you looked at”.
Both notebook and interview comments were noted. I looked at the comments before they were tucked into the engineering notebook.
I did not have any parents, mentors or coaches complain about the comments. The feedback that I did get said the comments were very helpful.
Your mileage may vary.
I will note two things
Notebooks vary from really wonderful to just three pages filled in. (Or not submitted). With a large number of notebooks there is a cycle to pull out the top notebooks to be reviewed. They are the ones that get comments. The low level (3 - 4 pages) will get a copy of the rubric and a note that this is what the judges are looking for. One of the biggest things would be to have mentors/coaches know about the rubric up front. I’m not sure what the best way to do this is, maybe in the “Welcome kit” with the license plates, they drop in the Judges guide that shows all the awards, etc.)
Once we narrow the books down, we go over two of them to try to level set what / how to score. That helps keep the scores into similar bands. We then break into teams to review all the books. I ask the judges to track their top 2 books to make sure they get looked at and included in the overall review.