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Jan. 31, 2012

Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model Recommended by Oklahoma Department of Education

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Oklahoma school districts may choose Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model in statewide pilot of Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness Evaluation System

“We are in our second year of using the Marzano Framework and iObservation for the supervision of instruction. We have found that Marzano’s research base has given us a good foundation for establishing a common language about effective instruction.”—Shirley Simmons, PhD, Director of Staff Development and Student Achievement, Norman Public Schools

Palm Beach Gardens, FL January 31, 2012

The Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model has been selected by the Oklahoma State Department of Education as part of a statewide effort to improve student learning. Based on studies conducted in classrooms across the nation that correlate instructional strategies to student achievement, the Marzano Causal Model is also grounded on experimental/control studies that establish a direct causal link between elements of the model and student results. On-site classroom studies have indicated an average 16 percentile point gain in student achievement when teachers employed strategies within the Marzano Causal Model. Strong correlations have also been demonstrated with student reading and math scores.

Model Exceeds Standards

An analysis conducted by Oklahoma’s Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness Evaluation Commission (TLE) determined the Marzano Causal Model to meet and exceed established Oklahoma state selection criteria. The TLE Commission chose the Marzano Causal Model from a field of six frameworks, as one of three approved teacher evaluation models. A survey disseminated to teachers, principals, and district administrators, overwhelmingly favored the Marzano Causal Model as the default state model.

The move to overhaul Oklahoma teacher evaluations follows the passage of Senate Bill 2033, the Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Act of 2010. At a December 15, 2011 meeting, after months of careful study, the state school board voted to allow individual districts to freely choose from among three models for the 2012 pilot year: Tulsa Public Schools, the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model, and the Danielson Framework for Teaching.

The Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness Evaluation System (TLE) for teachers and leaders is designed to encourage continuous professional growth leading toward improved student achievement for all Oklahoma students. According to state law, all local board of education evaluation policies must align with the TLE by the 2013-2014 school year.

At Douglass Middle High School in Oklahoma City, Dr. Brian Staples, principal, says the school has successfully used the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model for three years. “[The Marzano Model] provides teachers with specific feedback to improve the quality of their teaching,” Staples says. “We know that’s the single most important factor when it comes to student achievement. The whole [Marzano Causal Model] is really focused on teacher improvement and development.”

Florida’s Choice

In 2011, The Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model was also selected by the Florida Department of Education to implement a statewide Teacher Evaluation System.

Partnering for Implementation: Learning Sciences International

Learning Sciences International is pleased to partner with Dr. Robert Marzano to implement the Marzano Causal Model for Oklahoma schools. LSI is a premier provider of research-based practices, professional development, and robust evaluation models and tools. LSI also provides exclusive electronic access research-based frameworks, content-rich professional development, and collaboration tools in its powerful iObservation technology to engage teachers and leaders in a continuous, systematic process of observations to maximize student achievement gains.

For more information about The Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model in Oklahoma schools, visit www.marzanoevaluation.com/evaluation/Oklahoma_Teacher_Evaluation.

Visit: MarzanoEvaluation.com and iObservation.com

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    -Nov. 2, 2012: Teacher Evaluation: What’s Fair? What’s Effective?
    -Jul. 10, 2012: Oklahoma State Board of Education Approves Marzano School Leadership Evaluation Model
    -May. 8, 2012: Education Reform & Student Achievement: Learning Sciences Marzano Center Announces National Marzano
    -Apr. 12, 2012: Learning Sciences Marzano Center Launches as School Leadership and Teacher Evaluation Resource for N
    -Jan. 31, 2012: Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model Recommended by Oklahoma Department of Education
    • Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model Recommended by Oklahoma Department of Education

    -Jan. 11, 2012: Dr. Marzano Discusses Research Base and Insights from New Studies
    • New Live Webinar with Dr. Marzano 1/18 at 3pm EDT

    -Dec. 8, 2011: Informal Observations – It’s not a “Gotcha” Tactic
    -Nov. 10, 2011: Building Inter-rater Reliability and Accuracy into a System of Teacher Observation
    -Nov. 2, 2011: Teacher Evaluation with Dr. Robert Marzano and Boone County
    -Oct. 31, 2011: Dr. Marzano Webinar: Measuring and Improving Teacher Effectiveness Through Teacher Observation
    • Dr. Marzano joins us as a co-presenter to provide an overview of the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model

    -Oct. 21, 2011: Celebrating Teaching through a Comprehensive Evaluation Model
    -Oct. 10, 2011: Dr. Marzano’s Evaluation Model alignment to Arizona’s Framework for Measuring Educator Effectiveness
    -Aug. 17, 2011: LSI Welcomes Washington Districts Seeking to Pilot the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model
    -Aug. 15, 2011: Technology Platform Supports Two NYSED-Approved Rubrics
    -Jul. 21, 2011: NYSED Approves Dr. Robert Marzano’s Teacher Evaluation Model
    -Jun. 20, 2011: New Jersey Department of Education Approves Dr. Robert Marzano
    -Feb. 16, 2011: LSI Selected by the Florida DOE to Implement a Statewide Teacher Evaluation System