Educator Preparation

Stakeholder Surveys

As outlined in 603 CMR 7.03 (5), The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is required to administer and publicly report survey data about the quality of educator preparation in the state. This requirement is intended to grant access to perceptions of teacher readiness in the Commonwealth to both preparation providers and the general public. Because data from these surveys is used for public transparency, one source of evidence in DESE's educator preparation program reviews, and for the preparation programs themselves to inform their continuous improvement efforts, DESE invested in the long-term development of statistically valid and reliable instruments. We outline the changes we made in our 2019 Stakeholder Survey Updates Memo Download Word Document. Prep programs are encouraged to use these surveys to gather data about the development and readiness of their candidate:

Full Stakeholder Surveys

Survey SubjectIssued ToTemplate
Administrator CandidatesAdministrator candidates at the point of preparation program completionDownload Word Document
Administrator CompletersAdministrators employed in a Massachusetts public school after program completionDownload Word Document
Hiring PrincipalsPrincipals who hired a teacher candidateDownload Word Document
Supervising PractitionersTeachers who served as a supervisor to teacher candidateDownload Word Document
Teacher CandidatesTeacher candidates at the point of preparation program completionDownload Word Document
Teacher CompletersEducators employed in a Massachusetts public school one year after program completionDownload Word Document

Short-Form Stakeholder Surveys

To assist Sponsoring Organizations with their continuous improvement efforts, DESE also developed three "short form" surveys.

Survey SubjectIssued ToTemplate
Supervising PractitionersTeachers who served as a supervisor to teacher candidateShort Form: Download Word Document
Teacher CandidatesTeacher candidates at the point of preparation program completionShort Form: Download Word Document
Readiness to teach English Language LearnersTeacher candidates and completers. Sponsoring OrganizationsShort Form: Download Word Document

These surveys were built on previous work by DESE to keep our standards and expectations consistent. For example:

  • DESE leveraged work done during the development of the Staff & Student Feedback surveys for the MA Educator Evaluation Framework as a starting point for the Preparation surveys.

  • DESE developed the surveys in concert with one another.

  • There are two types of items in the surveys:
    • Items that align to observable outcomes relative to the Program Approval Standards and Review Criteria Download Word Document which set forth expectation for providers.

    • Items align to observable practices within the Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs) Download Word Document which define the pedagogical and other professional knowledge and skills required of all teachers. Particular emphasis was placed on items that correspond to one of the 6 essential elements identified through the Candidate Assessment of Performance.

Results, Analysis, and Trends

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2015-16 Statewide Summary of Results, Analysis, and Trends
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2016-17 Statewide Summary of Results, Analysis, and Trends
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2017 Educator Preparation Surveys Technical Report
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2018 Educator Preparation Surveys Technical Report (Addendum to 2017 Report)
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Stakeholder Surveys: Development & Validation

Questions?

Please email edprep@doe.mass.edu

 
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