Kansas Department of Education Approves Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model: Model Meets KSDE Flexibility Waiver Guidelines

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Learning Sciences Marzano Center will fully support Kansas districts as they choose their teacher evaluation and administrator evaluation systems to implement in the 2014-2015 school year.

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Learning Sciences CEO Michael Toth with Executive Director Robert J. Marzano

Teacher associations have been very receptive to the model due to the accuracy of the observation tools and the way the model honors the complexity of teaching. It actually helps teachers get better, and that is powerful.

The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has approved the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model, as school districts across the state begin to choose the models they will use to evaluate Kansas teachers in the 2014-2015 school year. A peer review team approved the Marzano model as one of the systems that districts could select for implementation, and as an alternative to the state-developed KEEP system. The Marzano model also meets the requirements of the US Department of Education's Blueprint for Reform. Districts must complete the Guidelines Assurance Review sheet for approval to implement.

Says Bill Bagshaw, Assistant Director of Teacher Licensure and Accreditation at KSDE: “The KSDE is pleased to add The Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model to the list of quality evaluation systems meeting the Six Guidelines as stipulated in the Kansas Flexibility Waiver. Kansas school districts will pilot various systems beginning this fall in preparation for full implementation of quality educator evaluation systems in the academic year 2014-2015.”

The Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model was developed as the lynchpin of a highly aligned evaluation system that includes evaluation models for school and district leaders, as well as non-classroom support personnel. The teacher model has been shown in studies to be associated with an average 16 percentile point increase in student achievement as teachers become more proficient at using the classroom strategies. Gains associated with specific Marzano classroom strategies have demonstrated increases as high as 31 percentile points.

Developed over five decades of research, the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model is comprised of four interrelated domains focused on classroom strategies associated with student learning gains, lesson planning, reflection on teaching, and collegiality. The model allows districts or individual schools to phase in aspects of the model, and gives administrators the flexibility to align professional development to support teachers as they learn to use the strategies and incorporate them into planning lessons and units. As teachers become more expert within the system, they will expand their practice into targeted reflection on professional development and building relationships with colleagues. The model includes a field-proven classroom observation and feedback instrument, iObservation, to identify levels of teaching performance.

“We were extremely pleased to hear that the state of Kansas had selected our model,” says Learning Sciences Marzano Center CEO Michael Toth. “It’s a particularly good choice for Kansas as the state moves toward evaluating and growing the expertise not just of teachers, but of principals, administrators, and non-classroom personnel. This is a model that can accommodate growth in policy over time. We hope to play a role in improving the culture of education in Kansas for many years to come.”

Learning Sciences Marzano Center for Teacher and Leader Evaluation has successfully implemented the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model to support State Departments in Florida and Oklahoma. “We have implementations of the model in a number of states with thousands of observers and tens of thousands of teachers,” adds Toth. “Teacher associations have been very receptive to the model due to the accuracy of the observation tools and the way the model honors the complexity of teaching. It actually helps teachers get better, and that is powerful.”

Says Marzano Center Executive Director Robert J. Marzano, “Marzano Center consultants know the teacher evaluation model backwards and forwards. I believe they are the best evaluation consultants in the country, maybe even in the world.”

The Center provides the tools, training, and resources to ensure that districts implement the model with fidelity. The Center’s expert consultants train teachers, coaches, and administrators to ensure the model’s long-term success: developing observer skills such as inter-rater reliability; obtaining accurate teacher and student data; using Deliberate Practice to grow teacher expertise; and providing the targeted feedback most likely to drive long-term improvement.

Learning Sciences Marzano Center for Teacher and Leader 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. The 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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