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New Mexico Implementation

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Empirical Education and the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) are entering into their fourth year of collaboration using Observation Engine to increase educator effectiveness by improving understanding of the NMTEACH observation protocol and inter-rater reliability amongst observers using it.

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Arkansas Implements Observation Engine Statewide

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BloomBoard’s observation tool, EdReflect, has been used across the state of Arkansas since fall 2014. Last year the Arkansas Department of Education piloted Observation Engine, an online observation training and calibration tool from Empirical Education Inc., in four districts under

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Presentation at the 2016 Learning Forward Annual Conference

Learning Forward announced that our proposal was accepted for the 2016 annual conference being held in Vancouver, Canada this year. Teacher Evaluation Specialist K.C. MacQueen will join Fort Wayne Community Schools’ (FWCS) Todd Cummings and Learning Forward’s Kay Psencik in

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Kickstart your Calibration and Training with the Observation Engine Content Suite!

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Empirical Education has launched the latest and most exciting enhancement to our certification and calibration tool, Observation Engine™.  Our Content Suite is currently being used by two of our clients: Pittsburgh Public Schools, and Arkansas Equitable Access districts. Content Suite

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Newton-Conover in North Carolina Documents Improvement in the Calibration of Their Classroom Observers

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Empirical Education, working with our partner BloomBoard, initiated a pilot implementation of North Carolina’s Observation Calibration Training (OCT) platform. The OCT platform uses BloomBoard’s Professional Development resource library as an entry point for Observation Engine™ with its calibration activities and suite

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OE Used in NEFEC Pilot of Blended Certification Course

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This fall, over 50 administrators from the North East Florida Educational Consortium member and participating districts participated in a pilot of a blended professional learning solution with Observation Engine™ at its core. The course—called “Blended Model for Observation Certification”—was authored

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IES Releases New Empirical Education Report on Educator Effectiveness

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Our report just released by IES examines the statistical properties of Arizona’s new multiple-measure teacher evaluation model. The study used data from the pilot in 2012–13 to explore the relationships among the system’s component measures (teacher observations, student academic progress,

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Empirical Education Helps North Carolina to Train and Calibrate School Leaders in the North Carolina Educator Effectiveness System

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Empirical Education, working with its partner BloomBoard, is providing calibration and training services for school administrators across the state of North Carolina. The use of Observation Engine™ began in June with a pilot of the integrated solution, and once fully

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Factor Analysis Shows Facets of Teaching

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The Empirical team has illustrated quantitatively what a lot of people have suspected. Basic classroom management, keeping things moving along, and the sense that the teacher is in control are most closely associated with achievement gains. We used teacher evaluation

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Region 18 Launches Observation Engine in Three Texas School Districts

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Three Texas school districts are now using Observation Engine™ to help prepare and certify school administrators and teacher leaders to perform classroom observations as part of their use of McREL’s Teacher Evaluation System. These districts are working with the Texas

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