The Tulsa Model for Observation and Evaluation

Update for the 2013−2014 School Year

Evaluations for Probationary Teachers—Minimum of One Per Semester
Though state law has loosened the minimum requirements for probationary teachers’ evaluations, the general process requirements of the Tulsa Model have not changed. The Tulsa Model will continue to require two evaluations per year for probationary teachers. Best practice and current research support frequent feedback and support to teachers, especially less experienced teachers.

Date-specific deadlines for the completion of evaluations have been removed from the Tulsa Model Evaluators’ Handbook to provide districts the flexibility to set their own deadlines. Specifically, the Handbook now requires the first evaluation to be completed during the fall semester and the second to be completed during the spring semester.

Evaluation of Career Teachers—Minimum of One Per Year
Because every teacher needs and deserves feedback regarding their instructional practices on a regular basis, the Tulsa Model will continue to require a minimum of one evaluation per year for career teachers regardless of their prior evaluation scores. While this practice exceeds the minimum requirements of new legislation, it supports the need to sustain and document high-caliber practices from year to year. Like last year, there is no date-specific deadline for the completion of the career teachers’ evaluations. Districts may establish their own deadlines.

Senate Bill 207 and Tulsa Model Implications

How the System was Developed

Tulsa Public Schools knows that a teacher evaluation system must be designed with teachers, for teachers. As such, the Tulsa Model was developed in collaboration with Oklahoma educators and administrators and in consultation with national experts in teacher and leader effectiveness.

The Tulsa Model is based upon principles of continuous improvement and real-world applications. The District evaluates and uses feedback from teachers and leaders to refine the system and continually improve evaluation training.

The Research

The value of the system's framework and processes depends upon lessons from the field as well as rigorous, independent research. The practices within the Tulsa Model have been verified by published, peer-reviewed studies and are shown to be correlated with growth in student achievement scores.

Moreover, the Tulsa Model itself had been validated in two separate, external studies, revealing that every indicator within the framework is positively correlated with student achievement.

Tulsa Model Teacher Evaluation Research Brief

What the Process Entails

The Tulsa Model is an evidence-based process of educator evaluation anchored in specific domains, dimensions and indicators reflecting national best practices and current research regarding effective instruction.

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Accomplishments of the Tulsa Model
  • Creates a common framework and language for evaluation.
  • Provides educators with clear expectations about what is being assessed as well as standards that should be met.
  • Sends messages about what is most meaningful.
  • Increases the consistency and objectivity of evaluating professional performances.
  • Provides educators with information about where they are in relation to where they need to be for success.
  • Identifies instructional practices that drive student achievement.
  • Gives educators guidance for evaluating and improving their work.