Teacher Evaluation: What’s Fair? What’s Effective? November Issue of Educational Leadership Spotlights Robert J. Marzano on the Two Purposes of Teacher Evaluation

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Learning Sciences Marzano Center announces publication of Dr. Robert Marzano’s essay, “The Two Purposes of Teacher Evaluation,” in the November, 2012 issue of Educational Leadership. Dr. Marzano discusses how districts may use teacher evaluation models as primarily either measurement systems –which provide a static picture of a teacher’s performance at a given point; or as growth systems—which track improvements in teacher pedagogy over time.

Dr. Robert J. Marzano

Measuring teachers and developing teachers are different purposes with different implications

Learning Sciences Marzano Center for Teacher and Leadership Evaluation is pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Robert Marzano’s essay, “The Two Purposes of Teacher Evaluation,” in the November, 2012 issue of Educational Leadership. The issue is devoted to critical issues in Teacher Evaluation and includes essays by Tony Frontier, Matthew Di Carlo, Rachael Gabriel and Richard Allington, and others. Dr. Marzano, a nationally known educational researcher and developer of the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model and the Marzano School Leadership Evaluation Model, discusses how districts may use teacher evaluation models as primarily either measurement systems –which provide a static picture of a teacher’s performance at a given point; or as growth systems—which track improvements in teacher pedagogy over time.

“Measuring teachers and developing teachers are different purposes with different implications,” Dr. Marzano notes. “Teacher evaluation systems that are designed to help teachers improve have three primary characteristics. They are comprehensive and specific. They include a developmental scale that enables teachers to track their growth. And they acknowledge and reward growth.”

Dr. Marzano acknowledges that both measurement and teacher development are important aspects of teacher evaluation. But “the distinctions are crucial to the effective design and implementation of current and future teacher evaluation systems,” he adds.

The Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model, developed from decades of research into classroom strategies correlated with student achievement, is an evaluation system that incorporates teacher professional development as a critical component of the model. Through a focus on deliberate practice—or measurable, continuous improvement of instruction—the model is designed to build teacher expertise steadily throughout the course of a career. Teachers identify their instructional strengths and weaknesses, and focus on and master a handful of classroom strategies, or thin slices of instruction, each academic year through a continuous loop of practice, coaching, and feedback.

Learning Sciences Marzano Center for Teacher and Leadership Evaluation, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, promotes excellence in public education by providing and developing next-generation teacher and leadership evaluation tools and training. Built on a foundation of expert research into best practices in partnership with national researcher and author Dr. Robert Marzano, the Center identifies, develops, and disseminates cutting-edge resources in educational best practices. Their goal is to support teachers to be highly effective, lifelong learners, and in doing so, to significantly impact student growth and achievement over time.

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