Teacher Evaluation in Kansas
The new Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model has been approved for KS districts.
Districts across the state are re-evaluating their evaluation systems to make sure they have the most effective mechanism to develop teachers and raise student achievement. The new Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model aligns with the Kansas State Department of Education requirements.
The purpose of the new evaluation model as defined by the Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol will be to:
- Guide improvement in educator effectiveness
- Provide educators with opportunities for personal and professional growth
- Become a tool in creating coaching and mentoring programs
- Recognize strengths and improve weaknesses
- Work in alignment with academic, social, emotional, and developmental targets for all students
- Connect with district improvement goals
- Reflect an approach that supports professional integrity
Within this protocol, any evaluation model considered within a Kansas school district must:
- Offer continual improvement of instruction
- Use at least three performance levels
- Use multiple measures, including student growth as a significant factor
- Feature evaluations on a regular basis
- Provide clear, timely, and useful feedback
- Be able to inform personnel decisions
After five years with their chosen evaluation system, many districts are looking for new options that exceed Kansas state requirements, that have a history of results, and that feature classroom research indicating increases in student achievement.
The Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model is a model that exceeds Kansas state requirements. The model focuses on critical teaching strategies that are necessary with more rigorous KS standards and assessments. With much fewer strategies than previous frameworks, the new model also provides a clear path for observers for more meaningful and intentional observations.
Professional development is designed to help teachers understand the necessary instructional shifts with the new model and how this affects their lesson planning. For observers, the PD helps prepare them for taking what they learned in training into the classroom to provide meaningful feedback with the new Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model protocols. With iObservation, the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model offers school administrators clear, easy-to-use scoring rubrics to provide immediate, paperless, targeted feedback on teachers’ use of classroom strategies.