New Resources for Educator Evaluation Implementation September 3, 2015
From: Peske, Heather
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 5:00 PM
Subject: New Resources for Educator Evaluation Implementation
Dear Superintendents and Educator Evaluation Contacts,
On behalf of ESE's Center for Educator Effectiveness, we wish you all a great start to the 2015-16 school year. Our team has been hard at work this summer putting the finishing touches on new resources we hope will be of use to you as you continue to refine your educator growth and development systems. We also want to share with you some findings from a recent report on statewide implementation of the Educator Evaluation Framework in Massachusetts commissioned by ESE and conducted by SRI International. As many of you know, SRI has been researching educator evaluation in Massachusetts since 2012, and provides regular formative data to ESE that we use to inform our work and set our priorities.
With many districts entering their fourth year of using systems aligned to the Educator Evaluation Framework, it is a good time to take stock and consider what is working and what could be improved. Of paramount importance is ensuring that each component of your system promotes educator growth and development. We hope the research findings and related resources below catalyze good conversations and help you in your district to leverage the Educator Evaluation Framework to support students, educators, and evaluators.
Finding #1: Educators are divided about whether the evaluation system in their district is focused on professional growth and development. Educators' experiences with and perceptions of the Educator Evaluation Framework appear strongly linked to their districts' communication efforts about its purpose and uses.
Finding #2: Educators have mixed views of whether individual components of the Educator Evaluation Framework improve instruction. Teachers and principals value most the components of the Framework that provide opportunities to collaborate and reflect on instructional practices, such as goal setting, observations, and feedback.
Finding #3: Districts have made significant progress on developing and implementing DDMs, though educators have mixed perceptions about their utility and fairness. Interviewed teachers and principals were more likely to report positive perceptions of the implementation of DDMs when they had been involved in the identification and development process and when their districts had emphasized the purpose and uses of the DDMs for informing practice.
- ESE worked with six Collaboratives in 2014-15 to bring teams of educators together to develop common measures. Explore the examples and watch the video on the development process.
- The Guidebook tools on reviewing common assessments include a tool to review the accessibility of an assessment and a tool for determining growth across a range of diverse learners. Both tools are designed to ensure that common assessments are fair for students and educators.
Finding #4: Surveyed principals and teachers are confident that evaluators have the appropriate knowledge and skills to effectively conduct evaluations. Nevertheless, evaluators indicated that they struggled to balance their responsibilities and ensure consistency, and perceived inconsistencies have led educators to question the fairness of the process.
Superintendents: Now is a great time to update your district's Educator Evaluation Contact in Directory Administration. Superintendents are the default Educator Evaluation Contact, but you are free to remove yourself from the role and/or add as many team members as you see fit. Educator Evaluation Contacts receive timely updates from ESE about new resources and information to support educator evaluation implementation, including our bimonthly newsletter. To check your district's current contact(s), select "Educator Evaluation Contact" from the drop-down menu. We are always interested in learning more about your work and sharing good work with other districts. Please feel free to reach out to us.
Heather & Ron
Heather Peske, Associate Commissioner for Educator Effectiveness
Ron Noble, Educator Evaluation Manager