The Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework, adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2011, is designed to promote student learning, growth, and achievement by providing educators with feedback for improvement, enhanced opportunities for professional growth, and clear structures for accountability.
There are six key features of the Educator Evaluation Framework:
Educators receive a rating on each Standard and overall (603 CMR 35.08). All educators earn one of four ratings: Exemplary, Proficient, Needs Improvement, or Unsatisfactory. Each rating has a specific meaning:
Exemplary performance represents a level of performance that exceeds the already high standard of Proficient. A rating of Exemplary is reserved for performance that is of such a high level that it could serve as a model.
Proficient performance is understood to be fully satisfactory. This is the rigorous expected level of performance; demanding, but attainable.
Needs Improvement indicates performance that is below the requirements of a Standard but is not considered to be Unsatisfactory at the time. Improvement is necessary and expected.
Unsatisfactory performance is merited when performance has not significantly improved following a rating of Needs Improvement, or performance is consistently below the requirements of a standard and is considered inadequate, or both.
Learn more about Performance Ratings:
Performance Rating Guidance
Quick Reference Guide on the Summative Performance Rating
Last Updated: June 3, 2021
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