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 .
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 ).
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.
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.
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.
The Massachusetts Foreign Language Association worked to develop model District Determined Measures (DDMs) to support world language programming across the state.
Health, PE, & Dance (Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical, Education, Recreation and Dance - MAHPERD)
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
Full Assessment Collection
Open-Source Assessment Collection
DDM Resources for Career/Vocational Technical Education