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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:


Descriptive Reports

State-wide representative descriptive data:


The VOICE One-Page Summaries


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


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


Last Updated: May 19, 2017

 
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