Teacher Evaluation in Washington
Based on expertise and based on best practices
After signing Senate Bill 5895 in March of 2012, Governor Christine Gregoire noted that for the first time, Washington public school teachers and principals will be able to know exactly what is expected of them, so they can grow and they can succeed in their profession.
Governor Gregoire stressed the need for evaluation models that will foster educational communities in Washington’s public schools based on expertise and best practices. The March senate bill followed on the heels of SB 6696 signed into law two years before. Key aspects of the previous education reform bill focused on development of new evaluation criteria for teachers and principals, and establishment of a four tier rating system.
The Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model has been chosen by Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction and Washington’s Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot as one of three preferred evaluation models, not least because the focus of the model is squarely on teacher development and increased student achievement.
School districts across Washington are now in the process of choosing a teacher evaluation model that aligns with state requirements (see the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model alignment document here. The evaluation model meets all eight of the Washington State Teacher Evaluation Pilot Criteria, including:
- Centering instruction on high expectations for student achievement
- Demonstrating effective teaching practices.
- Recognizing individual student learning needs and developing strategies to address those needs.
- Providing clear and intentional focus on subject matter content and curriculum.
- Fostering and managing a safe, positive learning environment.
- Using multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning.
- Communicating and collaborating with parents and school community.
- Exhibiting collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving.
Washington school districts are required to implement their chosen evaluation models by the 2013-2014 school year.
The Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model focuses on teaching strategies identified by research to increase student learning gains. The model has demonstrated success in observer accuracy and inter-rater reliability to provide effective and specific feedback to teachers, helping to improve their professional practice and directly affect student achievement.
These are the reasons hundreds of school districts in all 50 states and dozens of countries outside the U.S. have implemented the Marzano Causal Model and the iObservation technology platform. Read why South Kitsap WA School District chose the Marzano Model here.