This book reaffirms what I have speculated for a while; the majority of schools and districts gauge the effectiveness of professional development with nothing more than teacher surveys. As Guskey informs the reader, “Sadly, the bulk of professional development today is evaluated only at Level 1 [participant reaction], if at all. Of the rest, the majority stop at Level 2 [participant learning].”

Source: The Only Way to Evaluate Professional Development – Cooper on Curriculum

I had to laugh when I read this paragraph, thinking about almost every committee when it came to the question, “How will we gauge the success of this initiative?”.