Oklahoma – Educator Effectiveness


This profile summarizes the efforts made by states and districts to implement evaluation and feedback systems, including the SREB Elements of Evaluation—basic information about the state evaluation framework. The sections below correspond to the three sections of the State Actions to Advance Teacher Evaluation report released in February 2016.

SREB Elements of Evaluation

System Name

Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness System

System Type

State framework, districts develop local systems for approval by the state education agency (SEA)

Framework for Effective Teaching

Districts may use the Tulsa, Marzano, or TAP frameworks

Key Elements of Professional Practice

Evaluators can use available evidence, including teacher and student artifacts, to inform the component rating

Measures of Student Growth

Districts will choose measures based on State Board-approved list

Weight of Component Measures

100% Professional practice for 2015-16 school year

Number of Required Observations During Summative Evaluation


Performance Levels

Ineffective, Needs Improvement, Effective, Highly Effective, Superior

Design of State Evaluation Models

Districts may use the Tulsa observation rubric or choose one of two state-approved alternatives. Evaluators cite evidence as rationale for each standard rating and for the professional practice component score.

Legislation enacted in 2015 delays the use of quantitative measures for personnel decisions until 2017-18 and requires the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Commission to recommend new growth measures for non-tested grades and subjects. The SEA will continue to use a value-added model (VAM) for tested grades and subjects.

In most cases, principals or assistant principals conduct teacher observations. However, the SEA authorizes districts to use other school or district administrators.

Implementation of District Evaluation Systems

The SEA requires the certification of evaluators through a written exam and an inter-rater reliability test. The certification is valid for two years, after which evaluators must receive additional calibration training to renew their certificate.

The SEA website provides presentation kits for evaluators and videos and webinars for teachers.

The SEA publishes a monthly newsletter that contains evaluation system updates, implementation guides, and other resources. The SEA works with the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Commission to provide oversight and guidance.

Transformation of Professional Learning

Over 5,000 teachers have responded to various surveys soliciting feedback. The SEA commissioned a focus group of local practitioners in September 2014. The focus group findings contributed to the Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Commission creating a list of state-approved growth measures that districts can adopt when developing their evaluation systems.

The SEA provides online training resources organized by evaluation component. Online videos reference various topics, including the state’s value-added model (VAM) and roster verification process.