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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:

  • Educator effectiveness (hiring, developing, evaluating, and retaining effective educators),
  • State curriculum frameworks,
  • Social and emotional learning, health and safety, and
  • DESE overall supports.

The 2018-2019 VISTA surveys were administered to all superintendents and principals. 165 or 41% of superintendents provided feedback, with 721 or 40% of principals participating in their survey. Westat provided survey design, data collection, analyses and data reporting for the 2018-2019 VISTA survey projects.

2018-2019 VISTA Survey Findings

Executive Summary and Descriptive Reports

Executive Summary

A two-page summary of high level findings:

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Superintendent 2019 executive summary
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Principal 2019 executive summary

Descriptive Reports

State-wide representative descriptive data:

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Superintendent 2019 report
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Principal 2019 report

The VOICE One-Page Summaries — coming soon

Educator effectiveness

Curriculum frameworks

Social and emotional learning, health, and safety

DESE Support


The surveys that were administered in 2019 can be viewed by clicking the links in the table below.

Superintendent (or Designee)

Content:
4 statewide initiatives (educator effectiveness (preparing, hiring and retaining educators); state curriculum frameworks; social and emotional learning, health, and safety; and DESE supports.

Time:
20 – 30 minutes

Sample:
All Superintendents in the state

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VISTA-D (2019)

Principal

Content:
4 statewide initiatives (educator effectiveness (preparing, hiring and retaining educators); state curriculum frameworks; social and emotional learning, health, and safety; and DESE supports.

Time:
20 – 30 minutes

Sample:
All Principals in the state

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VISTA-P (2019)

Prior Years

DESE VISTA Survey Project, 2017-2018

DESE VISTA Survey Project, 2016-2017

DESE VISTA Survey Project, 2015-2016

 
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