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Educator Evaluation

Frequently Asked Questions

Section:

  1. Regulations
  2. ESE Supports & Engagement
    1. Communications
    2. Integration with other Initiatives
      1. Licensure and Professional Development
      2. MA Curriculum Frameworks
      3. Educator Preparation
      4. Other District Priorities
    3. Model System
  3. 5-Step Cycle & Summative Performance Rating
    1. Training
    2. Rubrics
    3. Goal Setting
    4. Evidence (including Student and Staff Feedback)
    5. Student and Staff Feedback
    6. Formative Assessment/Evaluation and Summative Performance Rating
  4. Student Impact Rating
    1. Implementation and Timing
    2. Statewide Growth Measures
    3. DDMs
  5. Data Reporting & Confidentiality
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II. ESE Supports & Engagement

 
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Model System
 
1.
The regulations refer to a "Model System" developed by ESE. What does it contain?
 
The Model System is a comprehensive educator evaluation system designed by ESE, pursuant to the educator evaluation regulations, 603 CMR 35.00. The eight-part series was developed to support effective implementation of the regulations by districts and schools across the Commonwealth. For an overview of each section of ESE's Model System, visit the Model System webpage.

The parts include:
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Part I: District-Level Planning and Implementation Guide
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Part II: School-Level Planning and Implementation Guide
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Part III: Guide to Rubrics and Model Rubrics for Superintendent, Administrator, and Teacher
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Part IV: Model Collective Bargaining Contract Language
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Part V: Implementation Guide for Principal Evaluation
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Part VI: Implementation Guide for Superintendent Evaluation
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Part VII: Rating Educator Impact on Student Learning Using District-Determined Measures of Student Learning
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Part VIII: Using Staff and Student Feedback in the Evaluation Process
 
 
 
2.
Do districts have to adopt ESE's Model System?
 
No. Districts can adopt or adapt ESE's Model System, or they may revise their own educator evaluation systems to comply with the regulations. All evaluation systems are subject to ESE's review to ensure the systems are consistent with the regulations (CMR 603 CMR 35.00). ESE's Model System is fully consistent with the regulations.
 
 
 
3.
What opportunities were there for educators to contribute to the creation of tools for the Model System?
 
Working with the field to develop and implement the evaluation regulations has been and remains a priority for ESE. To develop the Model System, ESE worked with 11 early adopter districts, 10 districts implementing the framework in their Level 4 schools, and 4 Educational Collaboratives. ESE also engaged a wide range of stakeholders from state associations.

ESE continues to engage educators in the development of resources, including working with statewide associations for specialized instructional support personnel to develop role-specific resources, practicing principals to develop performance rating guidance, assessment and curriculum coordinators to develop guidance and resources for the identification and implementation of common assessments, and PreK-12 teachers and administrators to develop ways to collect and use student and staff feedback as part of evaluation. Our standing teacher, principal, and superintendent advisory cabinets are also critical vehicles for soliciting field input on new implementation tools and resources.
 
 
 
4.
What guidance and tools has ESE developed to support educator evaluation implementation beyond the Model System?
 
A significant portion of the state's Race to the Top grant has been allocated to support implementation of the evaluation framework at both the state and district level. This work includes the development of the Model System, the identification of support providers, and the creation of a tools and resources designed to familiarize educators with the requirements of the regulations and support effective implementation. To access these resources, visit the educator evaluation webpage.
 
 
 
5.
What guidance is available for supporting special educators in the Educator Evaluation Framework?
 
The Framework strives to highlight commonalities across educators. However, because of the complex job responsibilities of many special educators, the evaluation of these educators within the Framework can represent a unique set of challenges and opportunities. ESE has provided a clearinghouse page containing available guidance for the evaluation of special education personnel, including guidance on using the MCAS-Alternate Assessment as a Common Measure and the Educator Effectiveness Guidebook for Inclusive Practice.
 
 


Last Updated: December 30, 2015
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