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Education Laws and Regulations

Final Regulations On 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.

603 CMR 35.00
Evaluation of Educators

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35.07: Evidence Used in Evaluation

(1) The following categories of evidence shall be used in evaluating each educator:

(a)
Multiple measures of student learning, growth, and achievement, which shall include:
  1. Measures of student progress on classroom assessments that are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks or other relevant frameworks and are comparable within grades or subjects in a school;
  2. Measures of student progress on learning goals set between the educator and evaluator for the school year;
  3. Statewide growth measure(s) where available, including the MCAS Student Growth Percentile and the Massachusetts English Proficiency Assessment (MEPA); and
  4. District-determined Measure(s) of student learning comparable across grade or subject district-wide.
  5. For educators whose primary role is not as a classroom teacher, the appropriate measures of the educator's contribution to student learning, growth, and achievement set by the district.
(b)
Judgments based on observations and artifacts of professional practice, including unannounced observations of practice of any duration;
(c)
Additional evidence relevant to one or more Performance Standards, including, but not limited to:
  1. Evidence compiled and presented by the educator including:
    1. Evidence of fulfillment of professional responsibilities and growth, such as: self-assessments; peer collaboration; professional development linked to goals and or educator plans; contributions to the school community and professional culture;
    2. Evidence of active outreach to and ongoing engagement with families.

  2. Student feedback collected by the district, starting in the 2013-2014 school year. On or before July 1, 2013, the Department shall identify one or more instruments for collecting student feedback and shall publish protocols for administering the instrument(s), protecting student confidentiality, and analyzing student feedback. In the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, districts are encouraged to pilot new systems, and to continue using and refining existing systems, for collecting and analyzing student feedback as part of educator evaluation.

  3. Staff feedback (with respect to administrators) collected by the district, starting in the 2013-2014 school year. On or before July 1, 2013, the Department shall identify one or more instruments for collecting staff feedback and shall publish protocols for administering the instrument(s), protecting staff confidentiality, and analyzing staff feedback. In the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, districts are encouraged to pilot new systems, and to continue using and refining existing systems, for collecting and analyzing staff feedback as part of administrator evaluation.

  4. The Department shall research the feasibility and possible methods for districts to collect and analyze parent feedback as part of educator evaluation and shall issue a report and recommendation on or before July 1, 2013.

  5. Any other relevant evidence from any source that the evaluator shares with the educator.

(2) Evidence and professional judgment shall inform:

(a)
the evaluator's ratings of Performance Standards and overall educator performance; and
(b)
the evaluator's assessment of the educator's impact on the learning, growth, and achievement of the students under the educator's responsibility.

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



Last Updated: December 19, 2013
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