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Updates to the Professional Standards for Teachers and Candidate Assessment of Performance

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We are currently seeking public comment on the draft Guidelines for the Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs) and draft Guidelines for the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) .
Share your perspective by June 2nd!

We would love to hear from educator preparation leaders and faculty, program supervisors, supervising practitioners, PK–12 administrators and classroom teachers, recent preparation program completers, and others with recent, nuanced, and varied experiences with the Professional Standards for Teachers and Candidate Assessment of Performance.

Input will directly inform final revisions to the Guidelines and impact all new teachers who complete Massachusetts educator preparation programs.

Public Comment Survey Share feedback through a series of multiple-choice and open-response questions. You may also choose to comment directly on the draft Guidelines. The survey will remain open through June 2nd.

Discuss the updated Guidelines with colleagues to provide collective feedback to DESE. Please register for the option that best fits your schedule.

In-person Session Registration
For educator preparation personnel only

  • Wed, April 24th from 9–11am at UMass Amherst
  • Wed, May 1st from 10am–12pm at Stonehill College

Virtual Session Registration
Candidates, recent completers, supervising practitioners, and partners are also encouraged to attend!

  • Tues, May 7th from 12:30pm–2pm on Zoom
Spread the WordEncourage others in your network to share feedback through the options above.

Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs) and Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP)

The PSTs define the pedagogical knowledge and skills required of all teachers as they complete preparation programs in Massachusetts. They determine which practices are emphasized and evaluated in teacher preparation coursework and field-based experiences. The PSTs are aligned to the Standards of Effective Practice that define effective teaching and leading in the Commonwealth. This alignment enables educators to complete preparation programs with the knowledge and skills they will be expected to demonstrate as effective beginning teachers who well-serve all students in their care.

All Initial Teacher candidates in Massachusetts educator preparation programs are required to successfully complete CAP before they are endorsed for licensure. CAP measures teacher candidates' practice across a set of key elements from the PSTs determined to be most essential for beginning teachers to well-serve all students, particularly those from systemically marginalized groups and communities. CAP is structured to provide all candidates with high-quality feedback to support their growth, assess essential knowledge and skills, and prepare them for the Model Educator Evaluation process as early teachers.

Updates to the PST and CAP Guidelines

The 2015 PST Guidelines and CAP Guidelines have been updated to align with revisions to the elements in the Standards for Effective Practice. Revisions to the elements were grounded in DESE's Educational Vision for effective teaching and leadership, and reflect input from educators, students, and families across Massachusetts on antiracist, inclusive, and equitable practices that support all students to attain academic knowledge and skills, understand and value themselves and others, and engage with the world.

During the 2023-2024 academic year, DESE collected additional feedback from over 200 stakeholders from across Massachusetts and partnered closely with a working group of educator preparation faculty and leaders, program supervisors, supervising practitioners, recent completers, and other PK–12 representatives to update the Guidelines.

PST/CAP Working Group Members:

  • Valerie Annear, Springfield College
  • Ellen Ballock, Gordon College
  • Carminia Lissette Castillo, BlackPrint Education Consulting
  • Carmelo Chiello, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Linda Davis-Delano, Springfield College
  • Lisa Doherty, Teach Western Mass
  • Marian Dyer, Billerica Public Schools
  • Katherine Jensen, Hopkinton Public Schools
  • Rebekah Louis, Stonehill College
  • Audra Marini, Worcester Public Schools
  • Rashaun Martin, Boston Public Schools
  • Tamy-Fee Meneide, Neighborhood House Charter School
  • Marisa Olivo, Boston Public Schools
  • Raphael Rogers, Clark University
  • Juan Manuel Rosendoza, Teach For America Massachusetts
  • De'Shawn Washington, Lexington Public Schools
  • Ruth Whalen Crockett, New Teachers Collaborative, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School

Please reach out to with any questions.

Last Updated: April 17, 2024

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