Oklahoma City principal shares his experience with teacher evaluation

The Commission on Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness heard from an Oklahoma City principal this week about how he used a rigorous evaluation system to “exit” underperforming teachers.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: July 30, 2011
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“We were really disappointed on the number of teachers who flat out said ‘We're not doing it,'” Allen said.

The commission heard three models Wednesday for the qualitative side of the evaluations. Staples used a hybrid of evaluation systems last school year, but for the 2011-12 school year, he said they will be using Marzano's Art and Science of Teaching evaluation model.

Also presented was the Danielson's Framework for Teaching, which is being used by Teresa McAfee, superintendent of the Crutcho School District.

“We want the opportunity for teachers to grow,” McAfee said.

Video cameras are in every teacher's room at Crutcho Elementary School, so teachers can evaluate their successes and their failures, McAfee said. She said it also allows teachers to see what their colleagues are doing that works well.

The third model presented at the meeting was Reeve's Leadership Performance Matrix.

No estimates were available about what each of the evaluation models would cost to implement at every school district across the state.

At later commission meetings, the board will hear about different ways to quantitatively evaluate teachers, in part using student test score results.


AT A GLANCE

Qualitative evaluation models

Danielson's Framework for Teaching

Evaluates teachers based on four teacher responsibilities: planning and preparing; classroom environment; instruction; and professionalism. There are 22 components and 76 more specific elements that an evaluator looks for in teachers. The ratings in each area are the basis of a conversation about places for improvement and a rating of the teacher's overall performance.

Marzano's Art and Science of Teaching Casual Teacher Evaluation Model

Evaluates teachers based on four sets of teacher behaviors and practices that have been shown in studies to correlate directly with student performance. The four practices are weighted in importance with classroom strategies and behaviors accounting for most of a teacher's score, and then in declining importance — planning and preparing, reflecting on teaching, and collegiality and professionalism.

Reeve's Leadership Performance Matrix

Evaluates principals based on key attributes of good leadership that are linked to effective teaching and student performance. The “dimensions of leadership” are resiliency, personal behavior, student achievement, decision making, communication, faculty development, leadership development, time management, technology and professional development.

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