Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pilot Program Proposed to Evaluate Teachers and Administrators

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 6, 2011) – Oklahoma’s Teacher & Leader Effectiveness Commission on Monday recommended a pilot program for a new statewide system for evaluating teacher and administrator performance.
The formal recommendations from the TLE Commission will be considered for possible approval by the State Board of Education at its regular meeting on Dec. 15.
“This is about helping teachers and school leaders achieve their best. It’s about encouraging the most effective teaching practices in the classroom and the best leadership in our schools,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi. "I appreciate the work of the commission as it will provide important guidance to the State Board in making a decision."
The commission voted to recommend that Oklahoma implement a pilot year for its new teacher and leader effectiveness system. Pending approval of the State Board of Education after review of cost considerations, the state will pilot a teacher evaluation system first implemented in Tulsa, while setting aside funds for also piloting the Marzano Teacher Evaluation System and the Danielson Framework for Teaching.
School districts will be allowed to choose between the three models.
The commission also recommended that the state adopt a default framework for leader evaluation based on McREL's Principal Evaluation System. 
The 19-member commission has been meeting since June. It received feedback on the evaluation system from a wide representation of stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, students, parents, community members and policymakers.
The commission will continue to provide oversight and advise the State Board of Education on the development and implementation of the evaluation system.

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