The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Educator Evaluation - Report on Implementation

Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner
September 14, 2012


Excellent teachers and leaders are key to strong student achievement, and we are committed to supporting the growth and development of every educator. To that end, in June 2011 the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted regulations creating a new framework for educator evaluation.

During the 2012-13 school year, 236 Race to the Top districts will begin implementing the educator evaluation regulations. These districts committed to evaluating at least 50 percent of their educators using the five-step evaluation cycle, culminating in a formative or summative rating of educator performance by the end of this school year. Additionally, districts will begin identifying and piloting local measures of student learning, growth, and achievement, to factor into educator evaluations no later than the 2013-14 school year.

Districts and teacher unions are engaged in collective bargaining over aspects of the evaluation system. DESE is monitoring their progress through surveys and through the submission of contracts, which districts are required to send to DESE for review. To date, DESE has received 95 collective bargaining agreements from districts. Your packet includes a complete list of these districts.

New Training Requirements

In June 2012, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law An Act Providing for the Implementation of Education Evaluation Systems in School Districts (Chapter 131 of the Acts of 2012), which was supported by both the Massachusetts Teachers Association and Stand for Children. The new law includes the following requirements:

The new training and fiscal plan mandates take effect beginning in school year 2012-13 for Race to the Top districts and in 2013-14 for all other districts.

In August 2012, DESE released the Guide to Educator Evaluation Training Requirements. The Guide outlines the training and funding plan requirements that are mandated by the new law. The Guide also identifies available and planned materials and resources to support implementation of the new requirements. A copy of the Guide is enclosed for your information.

Measuring Impact on Student Learning

DESE is developing resources to support the rating of educator impact on student learning, growth, and achievement - which is a central component of the evaluation process. In August 2012 we published guidance through a document, entitled Rating Educator Impact on Student Learning Using District-Determined Measures of Student Learning. We are procuring a vendor to support the collection and review of student assessments currently used in districts and/or other states. We plan to make qualifying assessments available to districts statewide as "model assessments." Assessment and content experts will work with the vendor to identify areas of greatest need for modifying and developing additional assessments to support the requirement for multiple measures of student learning for every grade and subject. DESE anticipates making the first model assessments available by early summer 2013.

At our September meeting, I will provide the Board with an update on the implementation of the educator evaluation regulations.


Educator Evaluation Contract Status Survey
Download Word Document
Guide to Educator Evaluation Training Requirements