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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Educator Evaluation Requirements for Charter Schools

Background

On June 28th, 2011, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) adopted new regulations on Educator Evaluation. This document aims to clarify the impact of the new Educator Evaluation regulations on charter schools and address frequently asked questions.

The regulations on educator evaluation were adopted pursuant to BESE's statutory authority and consistent with existing statutory requirements: MGL c.69, § 1B and c.71 § 38. More details on the requirements of the new regulations are available on ESE's educator evaluation website 1. In particular, please see the Regulations for the Evaluation of Educators, 603 CMR 35.00 2, the Overview of Key Features Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document of the regulations 3, and the power point Overview of the New Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework Download PDF Document  Download PowerPoint Slide Show 4.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Which charter schools are subject to the Educator Evaluation regulations?

    Horace Mann charters are subject to the educator evaluation regulations, regardless of whether or not their host district participates in Race to the Top (RTTT) activities, as are RTTT Commonwealth charters. Non-RTTT Commonwealth charters are exempt from the educator evaluation regulations. Please see Appendix A for a complete list of schools to which the regulations apply. Please see Question 5 for how reporting requirements apply to charter schools.

  2. For charter schools that are subject to the Educator Evaluation regulations, when are they required to begin implementing?

    In accordance with the implementation timeline, RTTT Commonwealth and RTTT Horace Mann charters were required to begin implementing an educator evaluation system that was aligned to the regulatory framework in the 2012-2013 school year. Horace Mann charters that did not participate in RTTT are required to begin implementation in the 2013-2014 school year. Schools are required to implement with at least 50 percent of their educators in the first year and all educators the second year of implementation.

  3. For charter schools that are subject to the Educator Evaluation regulations, which educators does ESE expect to be evaluated?

    The new regulations apply to all teachers, principals, superintendents, and other staff in positions that require an ESE-issued teacher, specialist, professional support personnel, or administrative license.

    Horace Mann ChartersRace to the Top Commonwealth Charters
    As Horace Mann charters require educators to hold an ESE-issued licensed, the regulations apply in the same way they would to a public school district. The list of ESE licenses can be found at 603 CMR 07.04(3)(a-d). All ESE-issued licenses are listed in 603 CMR 35.07(04)(3).Although educators at RTTT charters are not required to hold ESE licenses, the expectations are still the same for who should be evaluated: educators that hold positions that correspond to the ESE licenses should be evaluated. Whether an educator actually holds that license is not relevant.

    With regard to reporting ratings in EPIMS, ESE has identified specific job classifications for which rating dating is expected. See Question 5 for more detail.

  4. Can charter schools access support from vendors in training their staff on the new educator evaluation framework?

    Yes. Any charter school can utilize vendors to provide training in educator evaluation. RTTT Commonwealth charters and Horace Mann charters are eligible to receive training at a reduced cost from vendors that are pre-approved by ESE. More information is available on the ESE website at Approved Vendors to Support Implementation of Educator Evaluation.

  5. What are the Educator Evaluation reporting requirements for charter schools?

    The regulations, in 603 CMR 35.11(5), specify that Districts shall provide the Department with individual educator evaluation data for each educator in the district in a form and manner prescribed by the Commissioner. This requirement is also applicable to charters that are subject to the regulations. At this time, the Department is not collecting this data from non-RTTT Commonwealth charters. NOTE: individual evaluation data submitted to ESE is confidential and is not subject to disclosure under public records law per 603 CMR 35.11(6) and Section 2 of Chapter 131 of the Acts of 2012 (An Act Providing for the Implementation of Education Evaluation Systems in School Districts)

    ESE will be collecting educator evaluation data on an annual basis. For each educator required to be evaluated 5, districts will provide the following seven data elements:

    1. Professional Teacher Status
    2. Overall Summative Performance Rating
    3. Rating on Standard I
    4. Rating on Standard II
    5. Rating on Standard III
    6. Rating on Standard IV
    7. Student Impact Rating

    Regulations

    "Districts shall provide [ESE] with individual educator evaluation data for each educator in the district…including, but not limited to:

    1. the educator's performance rating on each standard and overall;
    2. the educator… Professional Teacher Status;
    3. the educator's impact on student learning, growth, and achievement (high, moderate, low)." 603 CMR 35.11 (5)

    The below table summarizes how charter schools will report each required data point through EPIMS at the end of 2013-14. Individual evaluation data submitted to ESE is confidential and is not subject to disclosure under public records law per 603 CMR 35.11(6) and Section 2 of Chapter 131 of the Acts of 2012 (An Act Providing for the Implementation of Education Evaluation Systems in School Districts).

    Required DataNon-RTTT Commonwealth Charter SchoolsRTTT Commonwealth Charter SchoolsHorace Mann Charter Schools
    Professional Teacher Status (SR 28)
    • Not Applicable
    • Not Applicable
    • The Department does not anticipate collecting this data in 2013-14.
    Overall Summative Rating or
    Formative Evaluation Rating (SR29)
    • Not Applicable
    • Exemplary, Proficient, Needs Improvement, or Unsatisfactory
    • Not Evaluated
    • Not Applicable
    • Exemplary, Proficient, Needs Improvement, or Unsatisfactory
    • Not Evaluated
    • Not Applicable
    Evaluation Rating on each of the
    Standards (I-IV) (SR30-SR33)
    • Not Applicable
    • Exemplary, Proficient, Needs Improvement, or Unsatisfactory
    • Not Evaluated
    • Not Applicable
    • Exemplary, Proficient, Needs Improvement, or Unsatisfactory
    • Not Evaluated
    • Not Applicable
    Student Impact Rating (SR34)
    • Not Applicable
    • The Department is not collecting this data in 2013-14.

    Not Evaluated: Educators in EPIMS job classifications listed on page 5 who were not evaluated.

    Not Applicable: Educators not assigned an EPIMS job classifications listed on page 5.

  6. If educators serve in multiple roles or have multiple EPIMS job classifications, do districts submit multiple sets of evaluation data?

    No. Only one set of ratings can be submitted to EPIMS per educator, including individuals that have more than one role, such as someone that is both a teacher and an instructional coach. See page 30 of Part II: School-Level Planning and Implementation Guide Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document for more detailed guidance on evaluating educators serving in multiple roles.

  7. For which educators does ESE require educator evaluation ratings to be reported in EPIMS?

    ESE has identified a list of EPIMS job classifications whose descriptions most closely correspond to educator positions that require an ESE-issued license (see list on page 5). These job classifications have been designated as educators for whom rating data is required. If an educator is in one or more of these job classifications, "Not Applicable" will not be accepted as an entry on SR29-SR33. If an educator does not fall under any of the required job classifications, "Not Applicable" is the only possible entry for SR29-SR33.

    Regardless of job classification, all educators must be reported as Not Applicable (99) on SR34.

    If an educator does not fall under one of these job classifications, does that mean he/she is not required or expected to be evaluated?

    Not necessarily. The list of EPIMS job classifications is intended to be a close approximation to the educators that should be evaluated per the regulatory requirements but it is not a perfect reflection. For Horace Mann charters, it is possible that there are some educators who were evaluated or are required by the regulations to be evaluated that may have an EPIMS job classification that is not on the required list. These educators must be reported as Not Applicable (99) on SR29-SR34. This does not necessarily mean that the educator should not be evaluated, however. Districts and schools should use their professional judgment and refer to collective bargaining agreements where applicable in determining whether it is appropriate to evaluate educators who fall outside of the required job classifications.
     

    If EPIMS won't accept Not Applicable (99) on SR29-SR33, does this mean that ESE requires that person to be evaluated?

    Not necessarily. Again, there may be nuances that are unique to how certain educators are classified in EPIMS. Please contact EducatorEvaluation@doe.mass.edu with clarifying questions.

    Please note that ESE will only accept ratings for educators who fall into the following EPIMS job classifications:

    Administrator Job Classifications
    1200Superintendent of Schools/Charter School Leader/Collaborative Director
    1201Assistant/Associate/ Vice Superintendents
    1202School Business Official
    1205Other District Wide Administrators
    1210Supervisor/Director of Guidance
    1211Supervisor/Director of Pupil Personnel
    1212Special Education Administrator
    1213Supervisor/Director/Coordinator: Arts
    1214Supervisor/Director/Coordinator of Assessment
    1215Supervisor/Director/Coordinator of Curriculum
    1216Supervisor/Director/Coordinator: English Language Learner
    1217Supervisor/Director/Coordinator: English
    1218Supervisor/Director/Coordinator: Foreign Language
    1219Supervisor/Director/Coordinator: History/Social Studies
    1220Supervisor/Director/Coordinator: Library/Media
    1221Supervisor/Director/Coordinator: Mathematics
    1222Supervisor/Director/Coordinator: Reading
    1223Supervisor/Director/Coordinator: Science
    1225Supervisor/Director/Coordinator of Professional Development
    1226School Nurse Leader (SNL)
    1305Principal/headmaster/headmistress/head of school
    1310Deputy/associate/vice-/assistance principal
    1312School Special Education Administrator
    1320Other School Administrator/ Coordinator


    Non-Administrator Job Classifications
    2305Teacher
    2306Co-Teacher
    2307Virtual Course Teacher
    2308Virtual Course Co-Teacher
    2310Teacher - support content instruction
    2325Long Term Substitute Teacher
    2330Instructional Coach
    3329Guidance Counselor
    3330Librarians and Media Center Directors
    3350School Adjustment Counselor -- Non-Special Education
    3351School Adjustment Counselor -- Special Education
    3360School Psychologist -- Non-Special Education
    3361School Psychologist -- Special Education
    3370School Social Worker -- Non-Special Education
    3371School Social Worker -- Special Education
    5020School Nurse -- Non-Special Education
    5021School Nurse -- Special Education


Educator Evaluation Requirements for Charter Schools

Appendix A

Charter SchoolSubject to Regulations
Abby Kelley Foster Charter PublicYes
Academy Of the Pacific Rim Charter PublicYes
Advanced Math and Science Academy CharterNo
Alma del Mar Charter SchoolNo
Amesbury Academy Charter PublicYes
Atlantis CharterYes
Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter PublicYes
Baystate Academy Charter Public SchoolNo
Benjamin Banneker Charter PublicYes
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter PublicNo
Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter PublicYes
Boston Collegiate CharterYes
Boston Day and Evening Academy CharterYes
Boston Green Academy Horace Mann Charter SchoolYes
Boston Preparatory Charter PublicYes
Boston Renaissance Charter PublicYes
Bridge Boston Charter SchoolNo
Brooke Charter School East BostonNo
Brooke Charter School MattapanNo
Brooke Charter School RoslindaleYes
Cape Cod Lighthouse CharterNo
Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter PublicYes
City On A Hill Charter PublicYes
City on a Hill Charter Public School IINo
Codman Academy Charter PublicYes
Community Charter School of CambridgeYes
Community Day Charter Public School - GatewayNo
Community Day Charter Public School - ProspectYes
Community Day Charter Public School - R. Kingman WebsterNo
Conservatory Lab CharterYes
Dorchester Collegiate Academy CharterYes
Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter SchoolYes
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers Yes
Excel Academy CharterYes
Excel Academy Charter School - Boston IINo
Excel Academy Charter School - ChelseaNo
Four Rivers Charter PublicNo
Foxborough Regional CharterYes
Francis W. Parker Charter EssentialNo
Global Learning Charter PublicYes
Hampden Charter School of ScienceYes
Hill View Montessori Charter PublicYes
Hilltown Cooperative Charter PublicNo
Holyoke Community CharterYes
Innovation Academy CharterNo
KIPP Academy Boston Charter SchoolNo
KIPP Academy Lynn CharterYes
Lawrence Family Development CharterNo
Lowell Collegiate Charter SchoolNo
Lowell Community Charter PublicYes
Lowell Middlesex Academy CharterYes
Marblehead Community Charter PublicNo
Martha's Vineyard CharterYes
Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of ExcellenceYes
MATCH Charter Public SchoolYes
MATCH Community Day Charter Public SchoolNo
Mystic Valley Regional CharterNo
Neighborhood House CharterYes
North Central Charter EssentialYes
Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter SchoolNo
Phoenix Charter AcademyYes
Pioneer Charter School of ScienceNo
Pioneer Charter School of Science II (PCSS-II)No
Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion CharterNo
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter PublicYes
Prospect Hill Academy CharterYes
Rising Tide Charter PublicNo
River Valley CharterNo
Roxbury Preparatory CharterYes
Sabis International CharterYes
Salem Academy CharterYes
Salem Community Charter SchoolYes
Seven Hills Charter PublicYes
Silver Hill Horace Mann CharterYes
Smith Leadership Academy Charter PublicYes
South Shore Charter PublicYes
Spirit of Knowledge Charter SchoolNo
Sturgis Charter PublicNo
UP Academy Charter School of BostonYes
UP Academy Charter School of DorchesterYes
Veritas Preparatory Charter SchoolNo

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Last Updated: January 28, 2014
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