Creating Coherence: Common Core State Standards, Teacher Evaluation, and Professional Learning

In this special issues brief, authors Sheri Leo and Jane Coggshall lay out a suggested approach for creating meaningful coherence across three interdependent education reforms: Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluation, and professional learning. The authors provide a recommended approach centered on identifying the connections between the Common Core and professional practice frameworks. The brief illustrates this approach with three professional practice frameworks used for teacher evaluation: Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument, Robert Marzano’s Teacher Evaluation Model, and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System tool. Also, the brief describes the implications of this work for professional learning.

Content Comments 

This resource provides valuable guidance on the possibility and value of alignment concerns when implementing Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluation and job-embedded professional learning models. It is well-organized and provides visually supportive information as well as additional resources, which all help to make it a valuable resource when considering the issue of developing coherence while implementing new instructional reforms.