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Educator Evaluation

Implementation Study

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) has contracted with an external research team led by SRI International, an independent non-profit organization, to study implementation of the new Educator Evaluation framework. SRI is using a mixed-methods approach to provide ESE with timely and actionable feedback to improve implementation of the framework across the Commonwealth. This external program evaluation seeks to answer the following research questions:

  • How does implementation of the Educator Evaluation Framework vary within and across districts? What factors influence this variation and in what ways?
  • What information and resources are districts using to implement their new educator evaluation systems and what additional guidance and documentation are needed?
  • What factors contribute to districts' ability to scale up the new educator evaluation system? What factors contribute to their ability to sustain the new system?
  • In what ways has the new educator evaluation system contributed to improvements in teaching and learning?
  • What is the impact of other district initiatives on implementation of the new evaluation system?

To answer these research questions, SRI is administering statewide principal and teacher surveys and conducting case studies of 14 Race to the Top districts throughout the Commonwealth. The case studies involve interviews and focus groups with educators, including teachers, principals, district administrators, and union leaders, as well as a review of educator evaluation files in three of the districts. In addition, SRI is interviewing key educators from selected non-RTTT districts. SRI is documenting findings through internal memoranda to ESE, research briefs, and a final evaluation report. For more information, please contact EducatorEvaluation@doe.mass.edu.

Research Briefs

SRI Research Briefs provide Massachusetts educators, parents, community members, and other interested groups with information about the new educator evaluation model, its implementation throughout the state, emerging areas of success, as well as common challenges.

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July 2015: Implementation of the Educator Evaluation Framework in Massachusetts
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ESE Response: Letter to Superintendents & Ed Eval Contacts (September 3, 2015)

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August 2014: Implementation of the New Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework
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ESE Response (August 2014)

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January 2014: Early Implementation of the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework
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ESE Response (January 2014)

Case Study Briefs - New!

As part of an evaluation of the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework (EEF), SRI and its partners (Abt Associates, Nancy Brigham Associates, and J Koppich & Associates) visited Massachusetts school districts in spring 2015 to identify and share exemplary evaluation practices. This Case Study Brief Series highlights promising strategies for implementing the framework in districts across the Commonwealth.

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Issue 1: Shrewsbury Public Schools' Approach to Using Evaluation Data in Human Resources Decision-Making
This brief describes Shrewsbury Public Schools' promising strategies for using educator evaluation data for human resources purposes under the Massachusetts' Educator Evaluation Framework.
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Issue 2: Promising Approaches to the Development and Implementation of District Determined Measures
This brief highlights promising approaches in Attleboro, Reading, South Hadley Public Schools, and Whitman-Hanson Regional School District to develop and implement district-determined measures under the Massachusetts' Educator Evaluation Framework.
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Issue 3: Promising Practices to Build Evaluator Capacity
This brief describes promising strategies for relieving evaluator burden and improving consistency of evaluator

Artifact Brief Series - New!

The Artifact Brief Series profile high quality examples of resources, protocols, and practices across MA districts that support effective educator evaluation implementations.

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Issue 1: Professional Development to Support Evidence Collection (Brockton Public Schools)
This brief describes a workshop that Brockton Public Schools developed for evaluators and teachers to support evidence collection, a critical element of the educator evaluation process. The Quality vs. Quantity: Evidence Collection for Educator Growth workshop provides concrete guidance about how to make the educator evaluation process meaningful and as simple as possible.
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Quality vs. Quantity Workshop: Presentation
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Quality vs. Quantity Workshop: Facilitator Notes

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Issue 2: Guidance for Developing and Supporting Educator Plans (Lawrence Public Schools)
This brief highlights Lawrence Public Schools' guidance materials for developing and implementing educator plans under the Massachusetts' Educator Evaluation Framework.

District Tools & Resources

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Educator Evaluation Implementation Survey for Teachers & Administrators:
The statewide teacher and principal surveys developed by SRI have been adapted into diagnostic tools for schools and districts to use to capture educator perceptions and experiences about their own evaluations. Information from these surveys can be used to target district resources and supports where most needed to strengthen implementation. Forms are available through SurveyGizmo or in MS Word versions.


Last Updated: September 21, 2015
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