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Educator Evaluation

ESE DDMs and Assessment Literacy Webinar Series

ESE conducted a nine-part webinar series on district-determined measures (DDMs) and assessment literacy, running from March 2013 - February 2014. This series was designed to support district teams engaged in the work of identifying and selecting DDMs Each webinar included timely updates; strategies for identifying, piloting, or refining DDMs; and key communication points. A recording of each part of the series is posted below along with all materials.

Part 1: Introduction - District-Determined Measures and Assessment Literacy

In Part 1, participants learned how district-determined measures will be used to inform and improve instruction and evaluation. ESE staff provided an overview, recommended next steps for districts, as well as forthcoming supports from ESE that will provide districts with the foundation for understanding best practices in student assessment and further this important work. Part 1 also included an overview of the remaining parts of the webinar series.

Part 1 Recording
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Assessment Literacy Self-Assessment and Gap Analysis Tool

Original recording date: 3/14/13

Part 2: Basics of Assessment

In Part 2, participant developed a working knowledge of the key concepts of assessment relevant for using assessments to measure student growth, including information about the different types of assessments and test items. Participants also learned how the purposes of assessments drive their usage and structure. A brief overview of strategies for determining assessment alignment, reliability, and validity was provided as a part of the discussion of the basic do's and don'ts of creating assessments.

Part 2 Recording
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Original recording date: 4/4/13

Part 3: Assessment Options

In Part 3, ESE staff described the revised DDM implementation timeline. Participants learned how to apply the concepts introduced in Part 2 to conduct an inventory of their district's current assessments and form an action plan focused on the best approach to identifying district-determined measures of student growth for district educators.

Part 3 Recording
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Assessment Quality Checklist and Tracking Tool

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DRAFT DDM-Educator Alignment Tool

Original recording date: 4/25/13

Part 4: Determining the Best Approach to District-Determined Measures

In Part 4, participants learned about various approaches to identifying district-determined measures (building, borrowing, and buying). ESE staff described the benefits and challenges of these approaches as they relate to engaging educators, identifying key content, defining the assessment, evaluating the quality of the assessment, communicating results, and monitoring use.

Part 4 Recording
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Assessment Quality Checklist and Tracking Tool

Original recording date: 7/18/13

Part 5: Measuring Student Growth and Piloting District-Determined Measures

In Part 5, participants were introduced to the guidance document, Technical Guide B Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document. During the webinar, practical strategies for developing a plan to pilot district-determined measures that incorporated key assessment concepts in a realistic way were discussed. In addition, four different approaches to measuring growth were introduced.

Part 5 Recording
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District DDM Piloting Plan Template - September 2013

Original recording date: 8/15/13

Part 6: Determining How to Integrate Assessments into Educator Evaluation: Developing Business Rules and Engaging Staff

In Part 6, participants were introduced to advanced techniques for supporting the comparability and fairness of DDMs. These techniques were introduced for those districts ready to explore more sophisticated approaches to support future planning, but may not be timely or necessary for all districts. In the webinar, participants learned how to use correlation to investigate whether all students have an equal chance to demonstrate growth. Participants also heard from Jamie LaBillois, Executive Director of Instruction in Norwell, about how he is using standardization as an approach to compare scores on different measures. The content of this webinar is also covered in the Implementation Brief on Investigating Fairness Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document.

Part 6 Recording
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Correlation Example

Original recording date: 10/24/13

Part 7: Ramping up for Next Year: Strategies for Using Current Assessments in DDMs

In Part 7, participants learned practical steps for leveraging assessments already in use in the district in DDMs. Since many existing assessments are measures of student performance on a single unit, participants learned about three steps to bring together multiple assessments to measure growth across multiple units. These steps were introduced during the Curriculum Summit on Nov 6th & 7th, 2013 and presented in the document Using Current Assessments in District Determined Measures Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document.

Part 7 Recording
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Original recording date: 12/5/13

Part 8: Communicating Results

In Part 8, participants learned how engaging educators in the process of scoring and parameter setting supports meaningful conversations. ESE staff discussed different approaches to scoring assessments, how to use those scores to measure growth, and finally, how to set parameters that represent high, moderate, or low growth. The content of this webinar is also covered in the Implementation Brief on Scoring and Parameter Setting Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document.

Part 8 Recording
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Original recording date: 1/23/14

Part 9: Sustainability

In Part 9, participants were introduced to the cycle of continuous improvement as critical process for sustaining the utility of DDMs. Kristan Rodriguez, Assistant Superintendent in Chelmsford, presented her district's approach to planning for and administering DDMs and collecting results. The remainder of the webinar focused on how districts can use DDMs to support district priorities, increase assessment literacy, foster collaboration, and provide actionable formative feedback to educators.

Part 9 Recording
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Presentation from Chelmsford Public Schools

Original recording date: 2/27/14

DDMs Technical Assistance & Networking Sessions

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Last Updated: January 2, 2015
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