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'Marzano lite' teacher evaluation model may be coming to Pinellas school district

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Pinellas County school district teachers have long bemoaned Marzano, which is widely deemed a complicated and confusing teacher evaluation model. District leaders now say they may have found a remedy.

Deputy superintendent Bill Corbett told the Pinellas County School Board at a recent board workshop that the district is considering implementing a “focused Marzano model."

Instead of using about 60 indicators to sum up an educator's observation score (worth 57 percent -- the largest chunk -- of the total evaluation), the new model would streamline the observation process down to 23 indicators. 

Corbett described it as "supposed to be a simpler version where nothing gets lost," with the goal being to "reduce the number of elements so it’s easier to get a mental model of how they all connect."

"We’re not changing the instructional model," Corbett said. "We’re only changing the way to do the scoring on the observations." He described the switch as a "minor change and a quick learning curve."

There’s another huge perk: observation scores will be cumulative. Instead of averaging scores from three (or four) observations, the best score from any observation will be factored into the overall evaluation, like a "super score" on an SAT exam.

The change to a condensed model isn’t expected to come with a cost, although Corbett said staff may need an additional day of training.

The district needs the go-ahead from the appraisal advisory committee, which is expected to meet Tuesday. That group will make recommendations to the district's head of human relations, Paula Texel, to determine the next step.

Board members took issue with that committee at a January workshop, as there were only two teachers (and an elementary school teacher was not represented) on a list of 31 district officials and school-based administrators. School district spokeswoman Lisa Wolf said that list was reduced to 25 people with fewer district leaders and more teachers, although an exact breakdown was not available Wednesday.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:18pm]

    

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