Principal Evaluation: Learning Sciences Marzano Center is Approved Provider of 2013 Marzano School Leader Evaluation Model for New York State Department of Education

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Learning Sciences Marzano Center will support New York school districts as they choose and implement school leader evaluation systems. Principal evaluation may now work with teacher evaluation for a seamless alignment of educational goals.

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Learning Sciences Marzano Center Executive Director Robert J. Marzano and CEO Michael D. Toth

Marzano Center consultants know the model backwards and forwards. I believe they are the best evaluation consultants in the country, maybe even in the world.

Education reform in the state of New York has taken another step forward with principal evaluation. The NYSDE has announced that the Marzano School Leader Evaluation Model, provided by Learning Sciences Marzano Center and developed with Dr. Robert J. Marzano, has been approved as a choice for New York school districts.

The updated 2013 Marzano School Leader Evaluation Model, developed in collaboration with Learning Sciences International, is aligned with the previously approved Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model. Both models make teacher growth and improved student achievement a non-negotiable goal. The models work together to create a fully aligned system utilizing a common language of instruction. Teachers, administrators, and non-instructional support personnel share school-wide goals.

Like the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model, the School Leader Evaluation Model is built on a foundation of evidences and criteria; each element has clearly defined evidences of the desired effect, and each outcome is rated on the extent to which the desired effect was achieved. As with the teacher model, all actions and decisions are based on best-practices to improve student learning.

The combination of a clearly defined goal, a precise scale, and a detailed description of a desired effect creates an approach that not only measures but also diagnoses misalignment in the system. The model encourages school leaders to support teachers by aligning resources, curriculum, and professional development to the goal of improved teacher performance and increased student achievement.

Learning Sciences Marzano Center for Teacher and Leader Evaluation has successfully implemented the Marzano Teacher and Leader Evaluation Models to support state departments and individual districts. “We have implementations of the models in a number of states with thousands of observers and tens of thousands of teachers,” said Learning Sciences Marzano Center CEO Michael 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.”

The Center provides the tools, training, and resources to ensure that districts implement the models with fidelity. The Center’s expert consultants train teachers, coaches, and administrators to ensure the models’ 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.

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

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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