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 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 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.
Draft School Level Administrator Rubric
Draft Classroom Teacher Rubric: Elements of Effective Practice
The rubric update process followed multiple cycles of input and feedback from groups of teachers, principals, district leaders, and other stakeholders:
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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