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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 ESE's educator preparation program reviews, and for the preparation programs themselves to inform their continuous improvement efforts, ESE invested in the long-term development of statistically valid and reliable instruments. We outline the changes we made in our 2017 Stakeholder Survey Updates Advisory. Prep programs are encouraged to use these surveys to gather data about the development and readiness of their candidate:

Survey SubjectIssued To 
Hiring PrincipalsPrincipals who hired a teacher candidateDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
Teacher CompletersEducators employed in a Massachusetts public school one year after program completionDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
Supervising PractitionersTeachers who served as a supervisor to teacher candidateDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
Teacher CandidatesTeacher candidates at the point of preparation program completionDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document

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

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

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

  • ESE 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.

  • ESE 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, which set forth expectation for providers.

    • Items align to observable practices within the Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs), 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

Download PDF Document
2017 Educator Preparation Surveys Technical Report
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2015-16 Statewide Summary of Results, Analysis, and Trends
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Stakeholder Surveys: Development & Validation

Questions?

Please email edprep@doe.mass.edu



Last Updated: June 1, 2017
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