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Calibration Video Library

Online Calibration Training Tool

DESE is excited to announce the new Online Calibration Training Tool! Using video and an easy-to-access online platform, districts and educator preparation programs can integrate this innovative training tool into upcoming professional development in three ways:

  • focused calibration for evaluators on high-priority elements of practice,
  • cross-role calibration to develop a shared understanding of practice across educators, and/or
  • joint district/ed prep calibration to define common expectations of practice.

Learn more and access the Online Calibration Training Tool.

Using Video for Evaluator Calibration

DESE is pleased to provide a collection of professionally created videos of classroom instruction produced by the School Improvement Network. These videos depict a range of practice - this is not a collection of exemplars - to support within-district calibration activities that promote a shared understanding of instructional quality and rigor.

What is calibration? Why is calibration important?
Calibration is the result of ongoing, frequent collaboration of groups of educators to (1) come to a common, shared understanding of what practice looks like at different performance levels and (2) establish and maintain consistency in aspects of the evaluation process including analyzing evidence, providing feedback, and using professional judgment to determine ratings.Research suggests that most educators in Massachusetts perceive their own evaluator's assessment of their performance to be fair. However, when asked about the process overall, many educators perceive there to be inconsistencies both within and across schools in how evaluators conduct evaluations. Inconsistency leads to questions of fairness. Engaging in calibration activities can help evaluators and educators norm their expectations and ensure that all educators experience a meaningful evaluation experience.

Bottom line: evaluators want to deliver high quality, actionable feedback just as much as educators want to receive it. Calibrating expectations for educator practice and deepening collective knowledge of strategies that can help educators grow is integral to sustaining an evaluation process that will strengthen educator practice and improve student learning.

42 Classroom Instruction Videos

Access 42 classroom instruction videos.

Sample Calibration Protocols and Activities

Access 7 sample calibration training protocols and activities.

Last Updated: August 1, 2016
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