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The Discrepancy Model Approach to Evaluation

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Promising practices of flexibilities, efficiencies, and differentiation for using the discrepancy model approach to evaluation

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While educators and evaluators both have the option of sharing or not sharing the self-assessment and evaluator assessment, there are many benefits to sharing this information with each other, especially prior to meeting in the middle and/or end of the evaluation cycle. When the information is shared, it can spark conversations between the educator and evaluator developing a deeper understanding of quality instructional practices and better calibration of instructional expectations. This sharing can expedite the mid-year review and end-of-year review because the educator and evaluator can focus the conversation on professional practices where there is a discrepancy between their two points of view, rather than discussing each professional practice of the rubric.

Ideas Using the Discrepancy Model

Example of Sharing the Self-Assessment and Evaluator Assessment

One district has built a culture where the educators being evaluated all share their self-assessments with their evaluator. In doing so, the evaluator is able to compare the self-assessment with their evaluator assessment as they prepare for their mid-year review. Then, the evaluator shares the evaluator assessment with the educator in advance of their meeting. Since this district uses the Colorado Performance Management System or RANDA, they do easily share these items with just the click of a button. The system will then highlight the differences, or discrepancies, between the two rubrics. This allows the focus of the meeting to be where there is a discrepancy between the two assessments leading to a common understanding of the practice and/or next steps to grow in their professional practices.

Colorado Stories Using the Discrepancy Model

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