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Educator Evaluation

Implementation Briefs

These Implementation Briefs are designed to provide targeted guidance focused on timely questions around the implementation of common assessments (e.g., District Determined Measures) and Student Impact Ratings. These briefs highlight important questions, resources, and approaches for districts to consider, and are not exhaustive resources on the subject.

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Parameter Setting
This brief provides detailed guidance to districts in the process of determining parameters for common assessments. Topics discussed include, the advantages and disadvantages of using normative or criterion approaches to setting parameters, the use of banding to set parameters appropriate for all students, as well as other steps districts can take to ensure that parameters provide meaningful feedback to educators. The brief also includes a video example the parameter setting process using a criterion approach and three bands, see the Example Parameter Setting Video Download Video FileDownload Video File
size: 120 MB
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Scoring and Parameter Setting
This brief is designed to assist districts in developing plans for scoring common assessments and establishing clear parameters for high, moderate, and low student growth. Topics discussed include, creating clearly written rubrics or scoring guides for assessing student work, steps for making growth determinations, and establishing parameters for what constitutes high, moderate, or low student growth. For more on this topic, view Part 8 Download Video FileDownload Video File
size: 228 MB
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Using Student Growth Percentiles
This brief is designed to assist districts in understanding the requirements around using median Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) as a measure of student growth. Topics discussed include required use of median SGPs for teachers and administrators, recommendations for optional uses of median SGP scores as a measure of student growth, and procedures for computing median SGPs.

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Investigating Fairness
This brief is designed to prepare districts to investigate and address issues of fairness in common assessments. This brief introduces, several sophisticated concepts and approaches, many that are designed to investigate issues after common assessments have been implemented. These concepts and approaches are introduced here to support future planning, but may not be timely or necessary for all districts. For more information about fairness in common assessments, view Part 6 Download Video FileDownload Video File
size: 309 MB
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Indirect Measures & Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP)
Developed in partnership with statewide SISP organizations, this brief addresses how indirect measures may play a role in the determination of some educators' Student Impact Ratings. Topics discussed include differences between direct and indirect measures, strategies for identifying commonalities across SISP roles, and role-specific examples for SISP educators.

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Administrators
This brief addresses how districts may develop and/or identify appropriate measures that yield meaningful information about an administrator's impact on student learning, growth and achievement. Topics discussed include types of measures for administrators (direct versus indirect), considerations for identifying common assessments for administrator, example measures, and a suggested process districts may follow to identify appropriate measures for administrators.

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Educators of English Language Learners
This brief is designed to address key questions and considerations for identifying common assessments for educators who work with English Language Learners (ELLs). Topics discussed include considerations for selecting and reviewing common assessments to be used for sheltered English immersion (SEI) teachers, guidance regarding the use of SGPs from the ACCESS for ELLs test, and example measures for ESL teachers.

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Educators of Students with Disabilities
This brief is designed to address key questions and considerations for identifying common assessments for educators who work with students with disabilities (SWDs). Topics discussed include considerations for selecting and reviewing common assessments for all educators working with SWDs, use of existing assessments for special education teachers, and guidance around unique assessments for special education teachers. The brief also discusses many issues important for educators working with SWDs such as legal considerations, use of SGPs, shared responsibility, the number of students included in a DDM, and the use of IEP goals and MCAS-alt as a starting place for a DDM. More resources to support the evaluation of special education personnel can be found at Special Educator Evaluation Resources page.

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Continuous Improvement
This document includes guidance around improving the quality of common assessments and implementing a continuous cycle of improvement. As districts work to improve the quality of common assessments both as tools to determine student growth and as evidence towards determining an educator's impact on student learning, the continued refinement of these instruments is essential. For more on this topic, view Part 9 Download Video FileDownload Video File
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Please continue to share your own examples, suggestions, and questions with us at EducatorEvaluation@doe.mass.edu.



Last Updated: December 16, 2015
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