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ESE VISTA Survey Project, 2017-2018

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Views of Instruction, State Standards, Teaching, and Assessment (VISTA) Survey Project page.

Introduction

VISTA is an annual survey sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Educators are asked to share their views on the implementation of five statewide initiatives:

  • The Massachusetts curriculum frameworks,
  • Educator growth and development,
  • Educator pipeline development (preparing, hiring, and retaining educators),
  • Social and emotional learning, health, and safety, and
  • ESE supports.

All superintendents and all principals from across the state will be invited to complete their respective survey. This year's surveys will take less than 30 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For more information to share with your fellow educators about the 2017-2018 VISTA survey projects, a downloadable FAQ Download Word Document that addresses the following questions is available.

  1. What is VISTA?
  2. What is different from last year?
  3. Why participate in VISTA?
  4. Do the VISTA surveys replace ESE's program office statewide surveys?
  5. What is the role of Westat in this study?
  6. How and when will the survey be administered?
  7. Do I have to complete the survey in one session?
  8. Are the surveys longer than last year and how long will the surveys take to complete?
  9. Will teachers have to complete a survey?
  10. Will educators receive an incentive to participate in the survey?
  11. Will individual educator identities be protected through the survey administration process?
  12. How will my data be used?

Preview the 2017-2018 Surveys

The surveys that will be administered in 2018 can be viewed by clicking the links in the table below.

Superintendent (or Designee)Principal
Content:
5 statewide initiatives (curriculum frameworks; role of evaluation in educator growth and development; educator pipeline development (preparing, hiring and retaining educators); social and emotional learning, health, and safety; and ESE supports.

Time:
20 - 30 minutes

Sample:
All Superintendents in the state

Download Word Document
VISTA-D (2018)
Content:
5 statewide initiatives (curriculum frameworks; role of evaluation in educator growth and development; educator pipeline development (preparing, hiring and retaining educators); social and emotional learning, health, and safety; and ESE supports.

Time:
20 - 30 minutes

Sample:
All Principals in the state

Download Word Document
VISTA-P (2018)


Last Updated: January 17, 2018
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