Orlando Sentinel: Marzano evaluation “artificial”, “frustrating”, “humiliating”

This story from Leslie Postal at the Orlando Sentinel starts this way:

High-school chemistry teacher Steve Fannin was honored recently in Washington, D.C., as one of the nation’s best math and science educators.

Fannin, a 31-year veteran of Tallahassee schools, has mastery of his subject and “exemplary” classroom skills, according to the judges of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Yet when Fannin was evaluated under Florida’s new teacher-assessment system, the results weren’t so impressive.

A mid-year evaluation identified him as a “beginning” teacher.

This is must-read for anybody who cares about science teaching.

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