Introducing Dr. Marzano’s Focused Teacher Evaluation and Leadership Evaluation Models

Bridging the gap between teacher evaluation, leadership evaluation, and student achievement

With the ever-changing landscape of 21st century education, Learning Sciences Marzano Center consistently supports schools and districts with the most current research-validated framework, while meeting national and state policy initiatives. To maintain the level of quality schools need to succeed with rigorous standards, we relentlessly make critical adjustments to the framework.

A major update has taken place in 2017, bringing forth the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model. This fine-tuned framework, developed in partnership with Dr. Robert J. Marzano, greatly simplifies evaluation and helps teachers develop their professional expertise over time. A concise set of just 23 core teacher competencies:

  • Emphasizes a competency-based approach to observation and scoring
  • Increases fairness, accuracy of scoring, and inter-rater reliability
  • Keeps the evaluative focus on standards-based instruction and teacher growth
  • Provides specific desired effects, focusing on evidence of student learning
  • Recommends practical, workable procedures for implementation and scoring

Learning Sciences Marzano Center published white papers for districts currently using a previous version of the model and another version for those that are new to the model.

A New Era for Teacher Evaluation and Supervision

School districts are now perfectly poised to make courageous decisions that can change students’ futures by ensuring them access to an effective teacher in every classroom.

Strengths of Marzano's teacher evaluation model

A valid, reliable, defensible model

The Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model is founded on both historical studies and contemporary research to offer the most inclusive look at teacher effectiveness and development of expertise. Read more: The Research Base for the Marzano Evaluation Model and Correlations to State VAM - Download PDF

Existing teacher evaluation models, despite being widely used, still lack agreement among observers when using the performance rating rubrics. In contrast, the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model has been shown by independent studies to achieve significant inter-rater reliability, indicating a high level of agreement among observers that legacy models fail to produce.

Learn more: about the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model. You’ll get a clear picture of how it works—and you’ll see how this framework continues to provide the most current and effective teacher evaluation system available.

Read more: about Marzano's Focused Teacher Evaluation Model and its 23 essential teacher competencies for improved clarity, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Learn More: about Dr. Marzano’s aligned model for leadership evaluation.

Contact Us: for more information on the models, implementation services, teacher evaluation tools, and more.

Watch a Presentation: Visit our YouTube channel for an overview of the model.

Products & Services: Learning Sciences International offers services to help ensure fidelity to the Marzano models during all stages of implementation. Read more about our professional development services.

2014 Protocol: Are you looking for the observation protocol and scales for a previous version of the model? It is available to download on