It Works for Oklahoma
We are in our second year of using the Marzano [Art and Science of Teaching] Framework and iObservation for the supervision of instruction, Simmons notes. â€œWe have found that Marzano’s research base has given us a good foundation for establishing a common language about effective instruction.
––Dr. Shirley Simmons,
Director of Staff Development and Student Achievement for Norman Public Schools
In early February of 2012, after months of evaluation and debate, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) recommended the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model as one of three frameworks from which districts across the state could choose to overhaul their teacher evaluation systems.
In line with what was occurring in states across the nation, the move to revamp Oklahoma teacher evaluations followed the passage of State Senate Bill 2033, the Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Act of 2010. An analysis conducted by Oklahoma’s Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness Evaluation Commission (TLE) determined that the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model met and exceeded established Oklahoma state selection criteria. According to state law, all local board of education evaluation policies must align with the TLE by the 2013-2014 school year.
A survey disseminated to teachers, principals, and district administrators overwhelmingly favored the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model as the default state model. In part, respondents favored the model’s strong grounding in years of research. On-site studies in real-world classrooms established a causal link between the model and increased student achievement â€“ one of which, an extensive three-part study, took place in Oklahoma itself.
Just two years earlier, in 2009-2010, OSDE commissioned the study What Works in Oklahoma Schools to determine how well Dr. Marzano’s classroom strategies drove improvements in student achievement. That study found a significant, measurable relationship between Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model strategies and student improvement on state reading and math scores (Marzano Research Laboratory, 2011).