Thursday, February 13, 2014

School Improvement Network Develops Teacher Effectiveness Framework for Teacher Observations Aligned to InTASC Teaching Standards

New Framework Aligns Teacher Observations to Model Core Teaching Standards

School Improvement Network is pleased to announce a new teacher evaluation framework aligned to the new Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards that drives educators towards effectiveness and increased student achievement. The Teacher Effectiveness Framework simplifies and aligns teacher observation feedback to the learning progression for educator skills in the InTASC Standards, making observation feedback part of a continuum of educator growth.

“To truly have impact in an educator’s career and a student’s learning experience, teacher observations and evaluations must move beyond mere compliance towards meaningful conversations about educator growth and needs,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The Teacher Effectiveness Framework has the potential to move educators through a continuum of professional growth by tailoring feedback to the model teaching standards outlined by InTASC and putting all educators on a continuous route towards effectiveness from their first day of school until all of their students graduate college and career ready.”

The Teacher Effectiveness Framework includes 24 quality indicators to measure effective teaching based on the definitions outlined in the InTASC Standards that can be aligned to the Common Core Standards or other state-specific standards, making it both simpler and more powerful than other frameworks. The framework can also be modified further to include additional state or district objectives, and includes a calibration system to ensure inter-rater reliability among observers.

The Teacher Effectiveness Framework works in conjunction with School Improvement Network’s Educator Effectiveness System (EES) suite of resources. Together, the Teacher Effectiveness Framework and EES give educators actionable observation feedback and resources to implement that feedback, including a video library of thousands of grade, subject, and Common Core Standard-specific content. Districts and systems that do not have EES can still use the Teacher Effectiveness Framework through School Improvement Network’s Observation 360, an on-demand observation platform.

The InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards were developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in 2013, and are available to all educators for free in the “InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards” LumiBook, the first ever collaborative and interactive e-reader platform for educational resources. Schools and districts using the Teacher Effectiveness Framework also receive an in-depth guidebook on the InTASC Standards.

Click here for more information about the Teacher Effectiveness Framework.

Click here for free access to the InTASC Lumibook.