Massachusetts Plan for Equitable Access to Excellent Educators, 2015-2019
The Equity Plan aims to ensure that all students - particularly low income and minority students - have equal access to excellent teachers and principals. It is a response to the US Education Department's requirement that each state submit such a plan.
The plan does not call for redistribution of teachers, but rather focuses on increasing students' experiences with quality teachers through approaches such as increasing overall teacher effectiveness, reducing teacher turnover, and hiring qualified, effective new teachers.
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We know that the quality of educators is the single greatest in-school factor in determining student success. We also know that the Commonwealth currently faces inequities in students' access to quality educators. Specifically, schools teaching primarily low income and/or minority students employ fewer experienced, highly qualified, and effective educators.
The data show three main statewide gaps in access to educators:
Educator Experience Gap
based on years of experience working in Massachusetts public schools
Educator Preparation Gap
based on licensure and highly qualified status
Educator Effectiveness Gap
based on Summative Performance Rating and Student Impact Rating
Engagement with stakeholders - including educators, parents, and Educator Preparation Programs - was instrumental to developing the plan, particularly the analysis of the equity gaps' root causes.
The Equity Plan discusses and addresses key root causes of the gaps in student access to educators:
Overview of Statewide Equity Gaps:
ESE compared the 25% of schools with the largest proportion of low income students (high poverty) to the 25% with the smallest proportion of low income students (low poverty). The same applies to high and low minority schools.
Data Source: Educator Personnel Information System (EPIMS) 2013-2014 Data Collection
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