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603 CMR 35.00
Evaluation of Educators

These regulations replace the current Regulations on Evaluation of Teachers and Administrators and accompanying Principles of Effective Teaching and Principles of Effective Administrative Leadership, as adopted in 1995.

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35.01: Scope and Purpose

(1) The specific purposes of evaluation under M.G.L. c.71, §38 and 603 CMR 35.00 are:

to promote student learning, growth, and achievement by providing educators with feedback for improvement, enhanced opportunities for professional growth, and clear structures for accountability, and
to provide a record of facts and assessments for personnel decisions.

(2) The purpose of 603 CMR 35.00 is to ensure that every school committee has a system to enhance the professionalism and accountability of teachers and administrators that will enable them to assist all students to perform at high levels. 603 CMR 35.00 sets out the principles of evaluation for Massachusetts public schools and districts. 603 CMR 35.00 requires that school committees establish a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process for teachers and administrators, consistent with these principles, to assure effective teaching and administrative leadership in the Commonwealth's public schools.

(3) 603 CMR 35.00, constitutes the principles of evaluation established by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Regulatory Authority:
603 CMR 35.00: M.G.L. c.69, §1B; c.71, §38

Last Updated: October 25, 2017
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