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DESE VISTA Survey Project, 2015-2016

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Views of Instruction, State Standards, Teaching, and Assessment (VISTA) Survey Project page.

Introduction

The annual VISTA survey project was launched in 2015-2016. Educators were asked to share their views on the implementation of five statewide initiatives:

  • The Massachusetts curriculum frameworks,
  • Educator growth and development,
  • The role of educator evaluation in educator growth and development,
  • Personalized learning tools, and
  • Digital learning tools.

The 2015-2016 VISTA surveys were administered to all superintendents and principals, and to teachers in a small number of districts. Almost 40% of principals and 20% of superintendents responded to their surveys. Response rates for the districts with teacher surveys varied between 1% and 97% (teacher surveys and findings will not be shown due to insufficient teacher participation). Westat provided survey design, data collection, analyses and data reporting for the 2015-2016 VISTA survey projects.

2015-2016 VISTA Survey Findings

Executive Summary and Descriptive Reports

Executive Summary

A two-page summary of high level findings:

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2016 Executive summary

Descriptive Reports

State-wide representative descriptive data:

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Superintendent 2016 data
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Principal 2016 data

The VOICE One-Page Summaries

Curriculum and Instruction

Issues 1 – 6
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Issue 1: Views of curriculum frameworks
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Issue 2: Alignment of resources
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Issue 3: District resources
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Issue 4: Implementation Strategies
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Issue 5: Barrier to Implementation
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Issue 6: DESE resources

Educator Growth and Development

Issues 7 – 10
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Issue 7: Teacher collaboration
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Issue 8: Decision factors
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Issue 9: Impact of professional development
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Issue 10: Evaluation of professional development

Educator Evaluation

Issues 11 – 17
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Issue 11: Purposes of evaluation system
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Issue 12: Effectiveness of evaluation system
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Issue 13: Views on core outcomes
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Issue 14: Teacher observations data
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Issue 15: Common assessments
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Issue 16: Student feedback
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Issue 17: Old vs. new evaluation system

Personalized Learning

Issues 18 – 19
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Issue 18: Individualized learning plans
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Issue 19: Career education development

Digital Learning

Issues 20 – 21
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Issue 20: Digital tools - schools
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Issue 21: Digital tools - teachers

DESE Support

Issue 22
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Issue 22: Views of DESE


The surveys that were administered in 2016 can be viewed by clicking the links in the table below.

Superintendent (or Designee)

Content:
5 statewide initiatives (curriculum frameworks, educator growth and development, role of educator evaluation in educator growth and development, personalized learning and digital learning tools

Time:
40 – 50 minutes

Sample:
All Superintendents in the state

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VISTA-D

Principal

Content:
5 statewide initiatives (curriculum frameworks, educator growth and development, role of educator evaluation in educator growth and development, personalized learning and digital learning tools

Time:
35 – 40 minutes

Sample:
All Principals in the state

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VISTA-Principal Elementary School
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VISTA-Principal Middle/High School

Last Updated: May 19, 2017

 
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