Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliott;


This paper is a review of literature related to teacher evaluation systems and frameworks used to improve the instructional practices and other critical skills of educators in the United States. These evaluation systems aim to professionally develop teachers and other licensed staff through observations, collegial collaboration, and professional learning communities. Specific systems reviewed include Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (2011) and Robert J. Marzano’s Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model (2012), as well as multiple perspectives on critical features of an effective teacher evaluation system. When multiple practices and forms of evaluation are used simultaneously, the effectiveness in teacher development increases. Teachers also elicit higher growth levels when they are involved in both receiving and giving feedback in the evaluation process.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis