Educator Evaluation

Model Rubric Updates

Since first releasing the Model System for Educator Evaluation in 2012, and in accordance with the Department's responsibility to update the model system to ensure its role as an exemplar framework for use by Massachusetts districts, DESE has engaged with a wide range of stakeholders to support its ongoing refinement and continuous improvement.

  • In 2018, DESE released updated model rubrics for teachers, principals and other school-level administrators that streamlined content, clarified language, and strengthened alignment to the important day-to-day work of teaching and leading.
  • In 2019, DESE updated the Model System guidance and resources to align to regulatory amendments that removed the Student Impact Rating and added the Student Learning Indicator.

In 2023 and 2024, DESE will release newly updated model rubrics for school level administrators and teachers that integrate and strengthen culturally responsive and relevant practices1 within the Standards of Effective Teaching and Administrative Leadership. These rubrics will continue to ensure that each and every student in Massachusetts has access to educators who nurture and cultivate their academic achievement, cultural competence, and sociopolitical awareness.

Rubric Update Project Overview

Rubric updates have been driven by a collaborative process including educators, students, families, and community stakeholders, with particular support and feedback from the 2021-22 Principal and Teacher Advisory Cabinets.

The Draft School Level Administrator Rubric will be piloted during the 2022-23 school year, while the Draft Classroom Teacher Rubric is available as a resource to support goal-setting, feedback, and professional learning in advance of a full pilot planned for 2023-24. Once fully implemented, districts may adopt or adapt the new model rubrics, or use a comparably rigorous and comprehensive rubric.

Update Process

The rubric update process followed multiple cycles of input and feedback from groups of teachers, principals, district leaders, and other stakeholders:

  1. DESE facilitated roundtables of students and families to discuss the characteristics and practices of great teachers and school leaders.
  2. Educators on the Principal and Teacher Advisory Cabinets advised DESE on culturally responsive practices aligned to the Standards and Indicators of Effective Practice and provide feedback on drafted updates.
  3. A cross-DESE advisory group reviewed feedback and recommendations for updates.
  4. Proposed updates were shared with an external advisory group of practitioners with expertise in the rubric for additional feedback.

2022-23 Pilot

In the 2022-23 school year, DESE will pilot the School Level Administrator Rubric with up to four School Leader/Supervisor pairs from diverse districts across Massachusetts. Pilot participants will receive individualized coaching to support implementation of the rubric as a tool for meaningful feedback and development in anti-racist and culturally responsive leadership. Through the pilot, DESE will also produce a series of case studies that highlight promising practices and supports needed for effective implementation of the updated model rubric.

The pilot is open to all school leaders and their supervisors in PK–12 districts that have adopted (or adapted) DESE's Model System for Educator Evaluation. DESE will select up to four School Leader/Supervisor pairs from districts representing demographic and geographic diversity, as well as with a range of experience in the role.

1 For information and resources on culturally responsive practice, please see Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading.

Last Updated: July 21, 2022

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