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Educator Evaluation

Developing Common Measures

In 2014-15, ESE worked with six Educational Collaboratives to bring educators together to try out a model development process and build concrete examples of common measures in hard to assess areas. This short video documents the excellent work these educators completed over the course of the year in three steps: (1) prepare, (2) develop, and (3) reflect. Learn more about the development process read Steps to Developing Common Assessments Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document.

Common Measures Development Process

Example Assessments

Many of the example common assessments included on this page were developed by teams of Massachusetts educators who identified the content, conceived the measures, developed protocols and parameters for high, moderate, and low growth, and in most cases conducted small pilots in the spring of 2015. Districts are encouraged to follow the steps these teams took to develop their common measures and consider the examples as tools to support the identification and improvement of local measures. Keep in mind that these measures are not intended to be static. In fact, many of the teams identified clear areas for refinement in their development reports, in line with the goal of continuous improvement (For more information, see the Implementation Brief on Continuous Improvement Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document).

Please note: reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Administration
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Assessment: Action-Oriented Conversations in Teacher Teams
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Development Report: Action-Oriented Conversations in Teacher Teams
Assabet Valley Collaborative
Administration
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Assessment: Data Teams for Administrators
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Development Report: Data Teams for Administrators
Assabet Valley Collaborative
Administration
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Assessment: Ensuring Time for Teaching and Learning
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Development Report: Ensuring Time for Teaching and Learning
Assabet Valley Collaborative
Art Art — Grade 3 North River Collaborative
Art Art — Grade 8 North River Collaborative
Foreign Language Interpretive Reading and Listening Massachusetts Foreign Language Association
Foreign Language Interpersonal Speaking Massachusetts Foreign Language Association
Foreign Language Presentational Writing Massachusetts Foreign Language Association
Foreign Language Classical Languages — Latin 5 Massachusetts Foreign Language Association
Foreign Language Classical Languages — Latin 3 Massachusetts Foreign Language Association
Music Music Grade 3 — Part 1Part 2 North River Collaborative
Music Music Grade 8 North River Collaborative
Physical Education Physical Education & Wellness, Grade 3 North River Collaborative
Physical Education Physical Education & Wellness, Grade 9 North River Collaborative
Physical Education
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Assessment: Interpersonal Skills in Secondary Physical Education
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Development Report: Interpersonal Skills in Secondary Physical Education
Cooperative Educational Services (CES)
Physical Education
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Assessment: Invasion Game Skills for Middle School
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Development Report: Invasion Game Skills for Middle School
The Education Cooperative
Physical Education
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Assessment: Locomotor Skills in Kindergarten PE
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Development Report: Locomotor Skills in Kindergarten PE
Cooperative Educational Services (CES)
Physical Education
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Assessment: Movement Concepts for Grade 3
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Development Report: Movement Concepts for Grade 3
The Education Cooperative
Physical Education
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Assessment: Personal Fitness Plans for High School
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Development Report: Personal Fitness Plans for High School
The Education Cooperative
Science Science — Chemistry North River Collaborative
Science Science — Grade 4 North River Collaborative
Science Science — Grade 5 North River Collaborative
Science Science — Grade 6 North River Collaborative
Science Science — Grade 8 North River Collaborative
Social Studies
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Assessment: Reading and Writing in US History
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Development Report: Reading and Writing in US History
Bi-County Collaborative
Social Studies
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Assessment: Geography - Changing Waterways
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Development Report: Geography - Changing Waterways
Cooperative Educational Services (CES)
SISP
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Development Report: Social-Emotional Learning Skills in HS
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Appendix A: Social-Emotional Learning Skills in HS — Supporting Activities
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Appendix B: Social-Emotional Learning Skills in HS — Rubrics
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Appendix C: Social-Emotional Learning Skills in HS — Rubrics Scoring Guide
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Appendix D: Social-Emotional Learning Skills in HS — Scoring Sheets
Bi-County Collaborative
SISP
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Assessment: Social-Emotional Learning Skills
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Development Report: Social-Emotional Learning Skills
North River Collaborative
SISP (School Psychologists)
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Assessment: Social-Emotional Skill Development
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Development Report: Social-Emotional Skill Development
SEEM Collaborative
SISP (School Psychologists)
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Assessment: Using a Variety of Assessments
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Development Report: Using a Variety of Assessments
SEEM Collaborative
SISP (School Psychologists)
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Assessment: Effective Use and Communication
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Development Report: Effective Use and Communication
North River Collaborative
SISP (Counselors & Social Workers))
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Assessment: Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers
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Development Report: Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers
North River Collaborative
SISP (Guidance)
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Assessment: Student Decision Making
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Development Report: Student Decision Making
SEEM Collaborative


MA Educators—Help us share DDMs!

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Example Common Assessment Template

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Additional Assessment Resources

  • ESE has supported MA professional organizations to identify high-quality assessments and measures district may consider as DDMs. The organizations below have posted or are planning to post DDMs guidance on their webpages. ESE will update this section as additional DDMs guidance is made available.

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    North River Collaborative brought together educators from Abington, Avon, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional, Hanover, Rockland, West Bridgewater, and Whitman-Hanson Regional to develop District Determined Measures (DDMs) in Art, Music, PE/Wellness, and Science during the 2013-2014 school year.
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    The Massachusetts Foreign Language Association worked to develop model District Determined Measures (DDMs) to support world language programming across the state.
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    Health, PE, & Dance (Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical, Education, Recreation and Dance - MAHPERD)
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    School Psychologists (Massachusetts School Psychologist Association - MSPA)

  • ESE, in partnership with WestEd, collected examples of assessments appropriate for use as DDMs. These assessments were selected by WestEd because they are aligned with critical content identified by MA educators and/or the appropriate Massachusetts Curriculum Framework, and reviewed to ensure overall quality. The collection includes commercial assessments and open-source assessments, including examples submitted by MA districts

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    Full Assessment Collection
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    Open-Source Assessment Collection
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    DDM Resources for Career/Vocational Technical Education



Last Updated: December 30, 2015
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