Education K-12 M.A.

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First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


This study investigates the effectiveness of teacher evaluation used across the United States and how evaluation tools can also improve the skills and development of educators. The literature review analyzes three forms of evaluation, including summative, formative, and emergent practices. Specific topics addressed in the research include the following: standards-based evaluation, Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (2011), Robert J. Marzano’s Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model (2012), professional learning communities, collaboration among colleagues, walkthrough observations, and merit pay. The effective forms of evaluation identified by research include the summative and formative practices, with the possibility of all forms being effective when multiple forms are used simultaneously. However, the importance of timely and descriptive feedback is necessary to effectively communicate teacher effectiveness and opportunities for growth.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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