Ohio Charts a “Better Way” for Teacher Evaluation
“The OTES provides scales for teacher measures and really steps out where a teacher’s shortcomings may be in their practice. When you marry that approach with the Marzano model, the educator knows exactly what they need to do to improve.”
––Dr. Andrew Jackson, Northwest Local SD superintendent
Teacher Evaluation in Ohio
In 2009, Ohio passed House Bill 1 directing the Educator Standards Board to recommend model evaluation systems for teachers and principals to the State Board of Education. Two years later, in 2011, the state enacted further legislation with HB 153 that would improve and strengthen the state’s current teacher evaluation system. Governor John Kasich made a public call for input from teachers “who want a better way and who have ideas for how to get us there.”
In response, The Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) was created to assess the performance of Ohio teachers. OTES will now be used as a model as school districts prepare to meet Race to the Top requirements and the requirements of HB 153.
The Ohio Department of Education has given districts the flexibility to develop evaluation systems to meet their individual needs. Now that student academic progress will be used as a measurement of teacher effectiveness, it is crucial to transform teacher evaluation from an exercise in compliance to an effective engine of growth.
Ohio districts are required to select their chosen evaluation models by July, 2013. Under the state directives, evaluation results will be used for teacher promotion and retention decisions.
The Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model meets or exceeds Ohio state requirements, and operationalizes the requirements and expectations of the OTES model. The model focuses on specific teaching strategies identified by research to increase student learning gains. The model also provides effective and specific feedback to teachers, helping to incrementally improve their professional practice to directly affect student achievement over time.
Developed over five decades of research, the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model allows districts or individual schools to select two or three strategies to focus on each year. Professional development is aligned to support teachers as they learn to use the strategies. 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.