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State of Washington OPSI Determines Dr Robert Marzano's Causal Teacher Evaluation Model Eligible for Pilot Program

 (via PRWEB) August 18, 2011 - State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has determined Dr. Robert Marzano’s Causal Teacher Evaluation Model to meet the requirements of a research-based teacher practice evaluation system and to be eligible for the state’s Teacher/Principal Evaluation pilot (TPEP) program. Learning Sciences International, partner of Dr. Marzano, is the model’s provider.

“I’m pleased Washington joins a growing list of states recognizing the research of Dr. Marzano’s Causal Teacher Evaluation Model,” said Michael Toth, CEO, Learning Sciences International.

Dr. Marzano’s Causal Teacher Evaluation Model is a research-based system for “causing” increases in student achievement through incremental improvements in teaching. The validation studies include the linkage between teachers’ use of classroom strategies and behaviors with gains in student learning contained within the model. The model includes a field-proven classroom observation and feedback instrument to identify levels of teaching performance.

“We have implementations of Dr. Marzano’s Causal Teacher Evaluation Model in a number of states with thousands of observers and tens of thousands of teachers,” said Toth. "Teacher associations have been very receptive of the model due to the accuracy of the observation tools and the way the model honors the complexity of teaching. It actually helps teachers get better and that is powerful.”

Learning Sciences International will work with ESDs and school districts engaged with the TPEP ESD Regional Implementation Consortia Grant Program. This grant program was created to support Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6696 (E2SSB 6696), which was signed into law on March 29, 2010.

Washington state districts will begin planning now to pilot instructional frameworks during the 2012-2013 school year. Starting Fall 2013, all districts will be required to adopt evaluation systems in alignment with E2SSB 6696.

Dr. Robert Marzano, CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory, is an author and researcher in the field of education.

Learning Sciences International is hosting a webinar with Dr. Marzano for districts, educational services agencies (ESAs) and state education department officials to learn more about his Causal Teacher Evaluation Model. Register online to attend this free webinar on Wednesday, September 14th at 3pm Eastern.

Learning Sciences International is the nation’s leading provider of web-based and on-site solutions for professional development and performance management in education. Learning Sciences International is partnered with Dr. Marzano to work with state departments of education and school districts to implement the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model including advising on the redevelopment process, training observers, and ensuring accuracy and inter-rater reliability.
Contact: Learning Sciences International, 1-877-411-7114