Race to the Top Survival Guide for Ohio Districts and Schools

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Ohio has won Race to the Top funding. Districts in Ohio that participate in Race to the Top have clear expectations based on the memorandum of understanding that was signed. Districts must come up with a final scope of work by October 22 that describes how these requirements will be met. iObservation has capabilities that will allow your district or school to meet a number of these requirements.

Ohio Requirements for Race to the Top Participants

Ohio RequirementiObservation Solution
Adopt a comprehensive evaluation system using multiple measures, including student growth.iObservation is an online evaluation system that collects data through a variety of mechanisms including formal observations, classroom walkthroughs, peer assessments, and self assessments. The system can also show the impact of specific teaching practices on student achievement at the classroom level.
Conduct annual evaluations that includes standards based observation, measures of student growth, and other varied evaluation formats.iObservation collects evidences from multiple data sources including formal observations, classroom walkthroughs, peer assessments, and self assessments. The system ties classroom level student achievement data to specific teaching practices. iObservation establishes an evaluation system with a multi-faceted view of professional practice.
Implement an instructional improvement system and actively use it at the classroom level.iObservation provides data on the effectiveness of teaching strategies, assesses the level of instructional practice for each teacher, and delivers relevant professional development to improve instruction. Teachers use iObservation to improve their classroom instruction and monitor gains in student achievement created by those improvements.
Use results from the evaluation system to plan professional development programs.iObservation directly connects professional development resources to areas of need identified in evaluations for each individual. The resources are available in an online library with 24/7 access. Evaluation data can also be aggregated to show areas of need for a department, grade, or school.
Use evaluation results in promotion, retention, tenure, and removal decisions.iObservation provides all of the information required for informed decisions on professional development, compensation, promotion, and retention. Data from iObservation is collected from multiple sources, is based on observed performance, and is aligned to the district's goals.

Source: Ohio Participating Local Education Agency Memorandum of Understanding, Exhibit I – Preliminary Scope of Work

iObservation is a pre-approved vendor for Ohio and has developed solutions to meet Race to the Top requirements with the nations top education experts including Charlotte Danielson, Dr. Robert Marzano, and Dr. Douglas Reeves. The result is a system that incorporates student achievement data, teacher observations, leadership observations, and performance evaluations into a comprehensive view of school performance.

Race to the Top will challenge Ohio districts and schools to develop whole new approaches for evaluating teachers and increasing teacher effectiveness. iObservation provides a proven, research-based approach that allows educators to handle these changes with confidence.

In addition to resources and services we can provide, iObservation has developed a team of Marzano Certified professional development consultants through partnerships with ESCs and SSTs in many regions across Ohio. This partnership provides districts all over the state with certified consultants to deliver teacher professional development as well as local support for School Leaders as they begin to implement new systems and processes for growth and evaluation in their buildings. As a team we provide supports for DLTs, BLTs and Teacher Teams in alignment with state requirements and standards.

Further the iObservation system will help to bridge the processes you’ve put in place from your OIP and the new processes you will integrate for Race to the Top and state requirements.

There are a number of options to learn more about Race to the Top solutions with iObservation:

  • Sign-up for a free webinar on completing Assurance Area D in the RttT scope of work
  • Download Dr. Marzano's whitepaper on Developing Aligned Systems for Race to the Top
  • View our offerings based on frameworks from Charlotte Danielson, Dr. Robert Marzano, and Dr. Douglas Reeves
  • Contact our representative for Ohio, Beth Carr, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 717-845-6300 x 170.
  • Email us with your questions

Register for One of our RttT Scope of Work Webinars

Sign up for one of these free webinars to hear about strategies for meeting the requirements of Assurance Area D: Great Teachers and Leaders in your district's scope of work. All participants from districts in Ohio will receive content that can be used to complete Assurance Area D in the scope of work.

All webinars are free and open to any superintendent, principal, curriculum developer, instructional coach, or other school administrator. We also welcome DOE or ESA personnel. Registration space is limited.