Does ESE plan to release additional rubrics for special education teachers, school counselors, nurses, or other specialists?
ESE strove to highlight commonalities across educators by only developing four Model rubrics. ESE does not plan to create additional rubrics. However, in partnership with a range of professional organizations1
, ESE has published a series of role-specific resources for school counselors, school business officials, school nurses, school psychologists, school librarians, occupational and physical therapists, and speech language pathologists. These resources do not replace the four Model rubrics but rather enhance them through a variety of approaches. For more information please see ESE's website on Rubrics
Can the rubric be used as an observation tool?
The rubrics are written to support educators and evaluators in making judgments about patterns of evidence, gathered across multiple points in time. Observation is a valuable way to gather evidence on performance against many, but not all, of the Standards and Indicators. The classroom teacher rubric, for example, includes many elements and Indicators that can only be assessed through means other than observation. The rubric has not been designed to be a classroom observation tool and should not be used for that purpose.
Do educators need to be evaluated on all four Standards every year?
Yes. Educators need to be evaluated on all four Standards every year
. ESE requires districts to report ratings on each of the four Standards as well as an overall Summative Performance Rating for every educator on an annual basis. For educators on plans one year or less in duration, they will receive ratings on each of the four Standards, as well as an overall Summative Performance Rating, at the conclusion of their evaluation cycle. For educators on 2-year self-directed growth plans, a Formative Evaluation
takes place at the end of year 1 (usually May or June), at which point they will receive ratings on each of the four Standards, as well as an overall Summative Performance Rating. Formative Evaluation ratings default to the prior Summative Evaluation Rating unless there is significant evidence suggesting a change (603 CMR 35.06(5)(b)