Educator Evaluation

2021 Educator Evaluation Update

To:Superintendents, Collaborative Directors, and Horace Mann Charter School Leaders
From:Jeffrey C. Riley, Commissioner
Date:February 1, 2021

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education believes that meaningful supervision and evaluation, per the requirements set forth in 603 CMR 35.00, is essential to ensuring that educators are supported and continue to receive high-quality feedback that will drive student outcomes, particularly during this extraordinary year. Evaluators take into account multiple types of evidence during this process, including evidence of impact on student learning.1 For educators whose primary role is not as a classroom teacher, the appropriate measures of the educator's contribution to student learning, growth, and achievement are set by the district. For educators responsible for direct instruction, the regulations outline that multiple measures of student learning, growth, and achievement shall include:

  1. Measures of student progress on classroom assessments that are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks or other relevant frameworks and are comparable within grades or subjects in a school;

  2. Measures of student progress on learning goals set between the educator and evaluator for the school year;

  3. Statewide growth measure(s) where available, including the MCAS Student Growth Percentile and the Massachusetts English Proficiency Assessment; and

  4. Common assessments of student learning, growth, and achievement. 603 CMR 35.07

With regard to the third category of student learning measures, the Department has determined that the 2021 MCAS Student Growth Percentile and Massachusetts English Proficiency Assessment2 data will not be available for the limited purpose of its use in 2021 educator evaluation performances. Per the January 5, 2021 Assessment and Accountability Update Memorandum, these statewide assessments will be administered in 2021 for essential diagnostic purposes in order to "give Massachusetts educators and families critical insight into academic losses that need to be addressed this spring and summer, and data on which students and districts have been most impacted by the disruptions in schooling." In alignment with these purposes, the use of statewide assessment data for educator evaluation is not appropriate this year.

An educator's impact on student learning should continue to be analyzed across multiple measures and incorporated into judgments of practice alongside all other required types of evidence. Overall, the Department encourages districts to continue to approach educator evaluation with critical care and empathy, and in accordance with the guiding principles that underlie the 2020-21 Implementation Resources:

  • Prioritize the social-emotional wellbeing of students and educators as the foundation for effective teaching and learning

  • Provide all students with access to grade-level instruction and essential content

  • Strive for coherence within and across grade levels, subject areas, and learning settings

  • Engage students and families in learning in a meaningful and consistent manner

  • Promote culturally responsive, anti-racist teaching and leading practices that aim directly to disrupt patterns of inequities and systems of oppression against Black/Latinx/Asian/ Indigenous/Mixed race communities

More information and supports for educator evaluation are available at Educator Evaluation webpage.

1 For teachers, evidence of student learning informs their performance rating for Standard II: Teaching all Students. For administrators, evidence of student learning informs their performance rating for Standard I: Instructional Leadership.

2 English learner (EL) students are required to participate in ACCESS for ELLs tests, which replaced the Massachusetts English Proficiency Assessment tests beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

Last Updated: February 1, 2021

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