This pilot in Michigan is the first step toward increasing student achievement across the state.
West Palm Beach, Florida (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
Learning Sciences Marzano Center, the leader in teacher evaluation and student achievement, has been selected by the state of Michigan to participate in a statewide pilot of teacher evaluation models.
“This pilot in Michigan is the first step toward increasing student achievement across the state,” says Learning Sciences Marzano Center CEO Michael Toth. “This is the beginning of a process to give teachers the career-long support they need. The Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model is part of a larger aligned system that includes professional development for teachers as a crucial component of the framework along with an ever-growing library of resources.”
The Michigan Council of Educator Effectiveness will be collecting the results from this test and comparing the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model against three others, with an eye toward implementing a new evaluation system statewide in the fall of 2013.
Chairwoman of the Council, University of Michigan School of Education Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball, has said the goal of the system is not to sort and fire struggling teachers, but help all educators improve their craft and has added, “This pilot is crucial to that work and to the future of Michigan’s K-12 schools because it will allow us to learn about educator evaluation as it takes place in real school settings.”
Districts included in this test of teacher evaluation systems were selected based on geographic location, demographics, and size in order to make the pilot study as representative as possible of Michigan school systems.
Learning Sciences Marzano Center, the leader in teacher evaluation, 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.
If you'd like more information about this or any education topic, or to schedule a media interview with Michael Toth, please call Gail Shepherd at 717-845-6300 ext. 195 or e-mail her at gshepherd(at)learningsciences(dot)com