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Educator Preparation

CAP Resources

Please check back often as resources are added to this page on a regular basis.

CAP Overview

The following resources provide overview information on the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP). For more detailed information on implementation of CAP, please see the CAP Guidelines Download MS WORD Document and the CAP Implementation Handbook Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document.

CAP Overview Webinar

This webinar was conducted in August with Sponsoring Organizations across the Commonwealth in order to provide foundational information regarding the CAP Guidelines.

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CAP Overview Webinar Video

CAP Flyover Prezi Video
This presentation is a recording of our CAP "Flyover" Prezi, which provides an overview of the goals, content, and process of CAP.

Quick Reference Guides

The following documents provide brief overviews of key topics in CAP.

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Quick Reference Guide: CAP Data Collection - April 2017
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Quick Reference Guide: 5-Step Cycle
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Quick Reference Guide: CAP Rubric - March 2017
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Quick Reference Guide: CAP Triad - September 2017

CAP Implementation Briefs

CAP Implementation Brief: Selecting and Supporting High-Quality Supervising Practitioners

This Implementation Brief addresses how educator preparation providers and districts can identify and support high-quality SPs by establishing clear expectations for the role, working with district partners to strategically select and place candidates with high-quality SPs, and creating opportunities to develop and recognize SPs as teacher educators.

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Implementation Brief: Selecting and Supporting Supervising Practitioners

CAP Skill Development Workshops and Training Tools

ESE is developing a series of Skill Development Workshops to support effective implementation of CAP. Using the materials provided, educator preparation programs may choose to facilitate these workshops as part of the training they provide to their program supervisors and supervising practitioners.

Calibration Training Workshop Series

During the 2017-18 school year, ESE is facilitating a Calibration Training Workshop Series where teams of teacher educators will use video, real-time data analysis, and guided discussion to develop a shared understanding of proficient practice and common expectations for high-quality feedback. Through participation in four workshops, teacher educators from sponsoring organizations and SO/district partnerships will:

  • Come to agreement around what high-quality practice looks like, resulting in more consistent and rigorous expectations for candidate performance;

  • Collectively identify look-for's associated with proficient practice in four essential elements; and

  • Practice drafting evidence-based, actionable feedback designed to reinforce high expectations for performance.

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Calibration Training Workshop Series Information

Workshop: Using the Rubric

The workshop is intended to help organizations build supervisor capacity for delivering high-quality, targeted, and actionable feedback that is grounded in effectively applying the rubric to the evidence collected throughout a practicum. The workshop also contains activities designed to help support calibration conversations among supervisors. This workshop includes activities that involve conducting simulated formative and summative assessments. In order to provide an authentic experience to participants, programs will have to gather evidence samples to include in the handouts packet before running the workshop. See page 1 of the Facilitator's Guide for more information.

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Using the Rubric Workshop PowerPoint
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Using the Rubric Workshop Facilitator's Guide
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Using the Rubric Workshop Handout Packet

Workshop: Conducting Observations and Providing Meaningful Feedback

The workshop is intended to help organizations build supervisor capacity for delivering high-quality, targeted, and actionable feedback that is grounded in evidence collected during observations and aligned to the CAP elements. The workshop also contains activities designed to help support calibration conversations among supervisors.

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Observations & Feedback Workshop PowerPoint
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Observations & Feedback Workshop Facilitator's Guide
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Observations & Feedback Workshop Handout Packet

Online Calibration Training Tool

The Online Calibration Training Tool is an easy-to-use resource to help districts and educator preparation programs cultivate a shared understanding of effective practice and high quality feedback among evaluators and observers. Educator preparation programs can use this tool as a training resource for Program Supervisors and Supervising Practitioners in order to calibrate observations and feedback throughout the CAP process. Educators watch videos of classroom instruction tagged to specific elements from the CAP rubric then individually assess the educator's practice and provide the educator with written feedback. Real-time data displays then allow participants to calibrate their assessments of practice and written feedback with one another, as well with educators throughout the state.

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Overview of the Online Calibration Training Tool
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Calibrating Practice & Feedback Workshop Facilitator's Guide
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Additional Calibration Resources
Student Feedback Surveys

Based on feedback and questions we have received from the field, we have created student feedback surveys that are more specific to CAP. In addition to modifying the Massachusetts ESE Model Feedback Surveys for CAP-specific purposes, we have also created new mini forms that target the 6 Essential Elements.

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CAP Student Feedback Survey Advisory
Our Student Feedback Survey Advisory provides explanations for the use of student feedback survey, as well as suggestions for which form (the standard, short, or the mini form) is most appropriate to use based on the practicum setting.

CAP Model Student Feedback Surveys

The table below includes three forms of paper-based surveys for grades 3-12 and discussion prompts for K-2.

Grade-levelsCAP Student Feedback Surveys
Grades K-2
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K-2 Discussion Prompts & Administration Protocol
Grades 3-5
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Standard Form
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Short Form
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Mini-Form
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Administration Protocol
Grades 6-12
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Standard Form
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Short Form
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Mini-Form
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Administration Protocol

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Online Administration for Student Feedback Surveys
This one-page guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to administer a CAP Student Feedback Survey to students online, using pre-existing templates for standard, short, and mini forms.

"What to Look For" Observation Guides

To aid supervisors conduct observations and contribute impactful feedback to candidates, ESE recommends its "What to Look For" guides that describe what to expect in a classroom at a particular grade level in a specific subject area. This includes the knowledge and skills students should be learning and using (as reflected in state learning standards) on the front page and examples of student and teacher behaviors aligned to the Standards of Effective Practice used in the state evaluation framework on the back page.

  • When printing the guides, please be sure that Fit to Page or Scale to Fit is selected from the print options.

Elementary and Middle School
  English Language Arts (ELA) Mathematics Science
Kindergarten Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 1 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 2 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 3 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 4 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 5 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 6 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
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Grade 8 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document

High School
English Language Arts (ELA) Mathematics Science
Grades 9-10 Download PDF Document Algebra 1 Download PDF Document Biology Download PDF Document
Grades 11-12 Download PDF Document Algebra 2 Download PDF Document Chemistry Download PDF Document
  Geometry Download PDF Document Earth Science Download PDF Document
    Physics Download PDF Document
    Technology and Engineering Download PDF Document

Your feedback regarding these guides is welcomed and appreciated. Please send your comments to instructionalsupport@doe.mass.edu.

Additional Resources
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Protocol: Using Measures of Student Learning
This protocol is a step-by-step guide that CAP supervisors and teacher candidates can use together to identify, implement, and analyze a measure of student learning.

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Crosswalk of CAP's Six Essential Elements to PST Indicators
This crosswalk aligns each CAP element to the PST Indicators that teacher candidates must “demonstrate” by the conclusion of the preparatory experience. Proficiency in each element indicates that the candidate is demonstrating the relevant PST Indicators.

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Increase in Professional Development Points (PDPs) for Supervising Practitioners 12/24/15
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CAP Fall Pilot Feedback Summary
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CAP Core Principles
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Commonalities and Differences in the Roles of Supervising Practitioners and Mentors 2/16/16
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Update on the development of the new Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) Memo 5/14/15
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Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) 2015-16 Pilot Information to Districts Memo 9/8/15
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Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) Training Resources Memo 9/10/15
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Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) Office Hour Takeaways Memo 11/23/15
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CAP 2015-16 Pilot Data Collection
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Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) Updates Memo 11/24/15



Last Updated: September 20, 2017
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