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Office of Planning and Research

DESE VISTA Survey Project

Welcome to the 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 were asked to share their views on the implementation of five statewide initiatives:

  • The Massachusetts curriculum frameworks,
  • Role of evaluation in supporting educator growth and development,
  • Educator pipeline development; Preparing, hiring and retaining educators,
  • Social and emotional learning, health and safety, and
  • DESE supports.

The 2017-2018 VISTA surveys were administered to all superintendents and principals. 166 or 41% of superintendents provided feedback, with 698 or 38% of principals participating in their survey. Westat provided survey design, data collection, analyses and data reporting for the 2017-2018 VISTA survey projects.

2017-2018 VISTA Survey Findings

Executive Summary and Descriptive Reports

Executive SummaryDescriptive Reports
A two-page summary of high level findings:

Download PDF Document
Superintendent 2018 executive summary
Download PDF Document
Principal 2018 executive summary
State-wide representative descriptive data:

 
Superintendent 2018 report — coming soon
 
Principal 2018 report — coming soon

The VOICE One-Page Summaries — coming soon

Curriculum and InstructionEducator EvaluationEducator Pipeline
Development
 
 
  
Social and Emotional
Learning, Health, and Safety
DESE Support 
   

The surveys that were 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 DESE 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 DESE supports.

Time:
20 – 30 minutes

Sample:
All Principals in the state

Download Word Document
VISTA-P (2018)

Prior Years

DESE VISTA Survey Project, 2016-2017

DESE VISTA Survey Project, 2015-2016



Last Updated: January 17, 2018
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