Teacher Evaluation in Minnesota
“Coaching is much more important than evaluation. Minnesota Twins. A lot of us are worried about their pitching staff. Would giving everybody a comprehensive score board evaluation fix that? No. Better get â€¦ pitching coaches. Work on that slider. Work on that outside curve ball. It’s that day-to-day, brick-by-brick, roll-up your sleeves coaching — the trust between pitching coach and pitchers that moves it forward. That’s what we are after.”
–Tom Ames, Truman and Parkers Prairie School Districts Superintendent Testifying before Minnesota House Education Finance Committee, April 3, 2013
Dr. Robert Marzano and Michael Toth – Measurement vs Development
Baseball teams have long known that a great coach, coupled with focused, intensive practice, are the ingredients that add up to excellence. And leading school districts like Parkers Prairie know the same is true for their schools. A clear mission to develop instructional expertise runs through high-performing school districts across the US â€“ from superintendents to principals to teachers and teacher coaches. We call such districts highly aligned systems.
New Minnesota Legislation Ensures Flexibility and Choice
In the summer of 2011, the state legislature passed new statewide teacher development and evaluation requirements under statutes 122A.40 and 122.41. Minnesota districts have the flexibility to develop their own teacher evaluation models, so long as their models meet statutory requirements. But if a local district’s administrators, school board, and union cannot negotiate a join agreement for the local assessment, they will be required to adopt the state default plan. Hear what teachers, teacher associations, principals and district leaders say about their experience implementing the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model.
Districts across the state of Minnesota will be piloting their new teacher evaluation models during the 2013-14 school year. All districts will be expected to fully implement their teacher evaluation models by the fall of 2014. Principals will be evaluated under new evaluation systems beginning in the 2013-14 school year.
About the Marzano Teacher and School Leader Evaluation Models
Dr. Robert Marzano and Learning Sciences Marzano Center developed the Marzano Teacher and School Leader Evaluation Models to help promote highly aligned school systems. Taken together*, the two models give school administrators and teachers the tools they need to measurably improve instruction throughout the school. The models share common domains, scales, and evidences, so that everyone in the system is speaking a common language and shares a clear vision of best practices. Both models focus on the non-negotiable goal of increasing student achievement by improving teacher and leader expertise.
Embedded in the models are resources to support individual growth and development plans, PCLs, professional development, mentoring, and induction.