Teacher Evaluation That Makes a Difference: A New Model for Teacher Growth and Student Achievement

Teacher Evaluation That Makes a Difference: A New Model for Teacher Growth and Student Achievement

Teacher Evaluation That Makes a Difference: A New Model for Teacher Growth and Student Achievement

Teacher Evaluation That Makes a Difference: A New Model for Teacher Growth and Student Achievement

Synopsis

In this essential new book, best-selling author and researcher Robert J. Marzano and teacher-effectiveness expert Michael D. Toth lay out a framework for the "next generation" of teacher evaluation: a model focused primarily on helping educators develop and improve their practice. By taking into account multiple accurate, data-rich measures of teacher performance and student growth, the model ensures that all teachers receive fair, meaningful, and reliable evaluations. The book includes

• Standards, rubrics, and suggested rating methodologies;

• A detailed, five-phase plan for implementing the model;

• Guidelines for calibrating evaluation criteria according to teachers' experience levels;

• A step-by-step guide to creating a coaching program for teachers who require intervention; and

• Recommendations for using technology platforms to enable teacher collaboration.

Teacher evaluation has too often focused on affixing ratings to teachers rather than helping them grow into mastery. The practical, field-tested model proposed in Teacher Evaluation That Makes a Difference has everything your school or district needs to provide teachers--and, by extension, their students--with the support necessary for success.

Excerpt

As the teacher evaluation reform movement sweeps the nation, educators and those who would reform education must remain cognizant that newly proposed evaluation systems are the “first generation” in a lineage of systems that will ultimately solve the problems of overinflated teacher effectiveness scores and lack of inclusion of student learning that have characterized past evaluation practices—problems that are now well known among educators and noneducators alike. At the moment, however, teacher evaluation reform is in its infancy and will go through much iteration before it reaches maturity. This book attempts to lay out a framework for the “next generation” of teacher evaluation: a model that is first and foremost designed to help teachers develop and improve, but that also provides the most accurate measures of teacher competence and student learning currently available.

This book builds on many previous works, including Effective Supervision (Marzano, Frontier, & Livingston, 2011) and The Art and Science of Teaching (Marzano, 2007). More important, it builds on our practical experience working with schools, districts, and state departments of education on the design and implementation of educator evaluation systems in a majority of U.S. states.

We begin the book by examining the context of teacher evaluation reform and the evidence supporting the need for a next-generation model. Next, we . . .

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