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Progress Report on Educator Evaluation

Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner
April 12, 2013


The special meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Monday, April 22, 2013, will focus on implementation of the new educator evaluation system. We will review briefly what the regulations require, the timeline, progress to date, and the support the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is providing for districts. Five practitioners will share with the Board their experience with the new system, including what is working well in their districts, the challenges, and specific strategies they are using:

  • Russell Johnston, Superintendent, West Springfield Public Schools
  • Beth Kaake, Teacher, Fitchburg Public Schools
  • Christina Porter, Director of Humanities, Revere Public Schools
  • Dr. Kristan Rodriguez, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Chelmsford Public Schools
  • Ross Wilson, Asst. Superintendent, Office of Educator Effectiveness, Boston Public Schools

We have included the following materials for your information:

  • Quick Reference Guide - DESE created these brief documents to give districts helpful and accessible information about each component of educator evaluation.
  • March 2013 Newsletter - This monthly communication from DESE to districts highlights supports we are providing and features exemplary practices in districts.
  • Boston Public Schools' Office of Educator Effectiveness Programs and Priorities - This document explains Boston's "theory of action" in improving educator effectiveness.
  • West Springfield's Educator Evaluation Implementation Survey results - The superintendent initiated this survey to gather educator perspectives on what has worked and provide real-time data to improve the evaluation system.
  • Chelmsford's Professional Development Schedule - This one-page document provides an overview of Chelmsford Public Schools' thoughtfully constructed series of professional development offerings on the new evaluation system.

Most of the time at our special meeting on April 22 will be reserved for discussion with the Board. We look forward to an interesting discussion on this important topic.

Last Updated: April 17, 2013
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