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Proposed Rubric Refinements & 2017-18 Pilot

The model rubric was never intended to be a static document, and DESE has spent the past four years learning about its use in districts throughout the Commonwealth. Informed by educators' feedback over the years, as well as recent shifts in instructional approaches related to social-emotional learning and revisions to the state curriculum frameworks, DESE partnered with teachers and principals during the 2016-17 school year to conduct a comprehensive study of the rubric. This draft rubric is the result of this partnership and includes proposed refinements that do the following:

  • improve exemplary descriptors,
  • streamline redundant content,
  • illuminate social-emotional learning competencies within existing rubric language, and
  • align rubric descriptors to the MA curriculum frameworks and principles of personalized learning.
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The Draft Teacher Rubric and its Proposed Refinements

DESE is soliciting volunteer schools and districts to pilot the draft model teacher rubric during the 2017-18 school year.

Criteria for consideration

The following criteria will be used to ensure the pilot is representative of educators throughout the state:

  • Location/geography (rural, suburban, urban)

  • Size (number of participating educators)

  • Student populations represented

Benefits of participation

  • Technical assistance to evaluators and teachers in two key areas: strategic evidence collection and evaluator training around high quality feedback

  • Direct input on final revisions to the model teacher rubric

Expectations for participation

As part of the pilot, districts are expected to engage in the following activities, including but not limited to:

  • Participation by a critical mass of teachers, to be determined by the school or district (ex: non-PTS teachers in their first two years of employment, PTS teachers in their first year of a 2-year cycle, etc.)

  • Identification of a core leadership team including district, school, and union representation

  • Commitment to provide feedback on rubric refinements via online survey and focus groups

  • Identification of one representative to sit on working group

Once pilot schools and districts are determined, agreement and completion of an MOU outlining these specific expectations for implementation and feedback will be required. Training and support will be organized through the late summer and fall.

Informational Webinars: July 17 @ 11am, August 16th @ 11am

Interested schools and districts are invited to attend an informational webinar on Monday, July 17 from 11am-12pm OR Wednesday, August 16th from 11am-12pm. Participants will learn about the four focus areas, the process used to develop the proposed refinements, and the expectations for pilot districts.

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Register your interest in being a pilot school or district and register for the informational webinar

Last Updated: July 24, 2017
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