This is the third in a series of articles about the state’s efforts to significantly alter the system of teacher evaluation in New Jersey. The first installment, “Transforming teacher evaluation,” which appeared in the September 2011 Review, described these proposed changes. It also outlined the parameters of the Department of Education’s one-year teacher evaluation pilot program, titled Excellent Educators for New Jersey (EE4NJ).

Last month’s article, “It’s YOUR evaluation—collaborating to improve teacher practice,” looked at the teacher evaluation model that six of the 10 pilot districts and all of the School Improvement Grant recipients chose: Charlotte Danielson’s “Framework for Teaching.”

In this issue, we look at the three models that the remaining four pilot districts selected: the McREL (chosen by West Deptford Township and Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional), Stronge (chosen by Alexandria Township), and Marzano (Monroe Township, Middlesex County) teacher evaluation systems.

While the Danielson framework has been in existence for more than 15 years and is currently used in more than 30 percent of New Jersey school districts, little is known about these other approaches. So, NJEA asked experts on each model to answer the same seven questions in an effort to present a fair and comprehensive description of these systems.

An independent evaluator, hired by the DOE, will assess the efficacy of the four models at the end of the pilot program.