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Douglass High School earns effective teaching recognition

Frederick Douglass High School has earned national recognition for effective teaching. The school has been awarded Level 2 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools™. Level 2 certification means Douglass High School has established “Effective Teaching in Every Classroom,” where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond through high-quality instruction.


The High Reliability School program was created by Marzano Resources to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor, and confirm the effectiveness of their schools.


This framework, based on 50 years of educational research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become a High Reliability School. Schools must collect data and validate their performance to climb each level of the hierarchy. Certification is determined by Marzano Resources analysts in cooperation with school data teams.


Using the High Reliability School framework and indicators, schools can drive sustained, positive, and significant impacts on student achievement by synthesizing multiple complex initiatives into one harmonious system.


Marzano Resources, built on the foundation of Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s 50 years of education research,  supports teachers and administrators through customizable on-site professional development, educator events, virtual coaching, books, videos and online courses. Education and teaching resources are provided by thought leaders in the field of education and deliver research-backed guidance for all major areas of schooling, including curriculum development, instruction, assessment, student engagement and personalized competency-based education.