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Tool Name
Local Systemic Change (LSC) Classroom Observation Protocol

Evaluation Type
Classroom Observations

Subject
Mathematics specific

Grade
All Grades

Use of Evaluation
Summative

URL
http://www.horizon-research.com/insidetheclassroom/reports/looking/appendixa.pdf  

Developer
This protocol was developed by Horizon Research, Inc. and validated as a part of the National Science Foundation's Local Systemic Change Initiative.

Product Description
Developed for science and mathematics assessment in K–12 classrooms, this measure assesses design, implementation, mathematics/science content and classroom culture. The protocol includes two components: (1) teacher evaluation and (2) professional development evaluation. According to Horizon’s Senior Research Associate, Joan Pasley, the classroom observation protocol only looks at a “snapshot” of the class and is not appropriate to evaluate the teacher based on the results. It is more useful to measure the content of the curriculum taught with the observation protocol.

General Target Population Information
The protocol is designed for K–12 science and mathematic teachers.

Stage of Teacher Development
All Stages

Users
Users tend to be district personnel or outside evaluators. The tools are developed in such a way that experienced evaluators would have to use them. Horizon welcomes people to use the observation instrument but does not track users.

Research and Resources
Weiss, I. R., Pasley, J. D., Smith, P. S., Banilower, E. R., & Heck, D. J. (2003). Looking inside the classroom: A study of K–12 mathematics and science education in the United States. Chapel Hill, NC: Horizon Research. Retrieved April 2, 2010, from http://www.horizon-research.com/insidetheclassroom/reports/looking/  

Cost
Horizon welcomes individuals to use the materials, but there is no tracking of users. Tools are available for use in noncommercial purposes as long as attribution is provided.

Contact Information
The funding for the 2003 study on reliability of tools was made available by NSF; however,  the material to evaluate teachers and professional development are currently free to the public. Horizon welcomes people to use the materials, but there is no tracking of users. Tools are available for use in noncommercial purposes as long as attribution is provided.

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