A Framework for Educator Evaluation


What is the goal of the new MA DESE framework of Educator Evaluation?

  • Promote growth and development amongst leaders and teachers,
  • Place student learning at the center, using multiple measures of student learning, growth, and achievement,
  • Recognize excellence in teaching and leading,
  • Set a high bar for professional teaching status, and
  • Shorten timelines for improvement.

"More than anything, evaluation systems should be recognizing, developing, and promoting the most talented and successful educators. We need an approach to evaluation that is all about celebrating excellence, and ensuring that those who excel also thrive in their workplaces, and stay in education."

Standards and Indicators of Effective Teaching Practice

(1) Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment standard: Promotes the learning and growth of all students by providing high quality and coherent instruction, designing and administering authentic and meaningful student assessments, analyzing student performance and growth data, using this data to improve instruction, providing students with constructive feedback on an on-going basis, and continuously refining learning objectives.

  • (a)Curriculum and Planning indicator: Knows the subject matter well, has a good grasp of child development and how students learn, and designs effective and rigorous standards-based units of instruction consisting of well-structured lessons with measurable outcomes.
  • (b)Assessment indicator: Uses a variety of informal and formal methods of assessment to measure student learning, growth, and understanding, develop differentiated and enhanced learning experiences, and improve future instruction.
  • (c)Analysis indicator: Analyzes data from assessments, draws conclusions, and shares them appropriately.

(2) Teaching All Students standard: Promotes the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and demonstrate cultural proficiency.

  • (a)Instruction indicator: Uses instructional practices that reflect high expectations regarding content and quality of effort and work, engage all students, and are personalized to accommodate diverse learning styles, needs, interests, and levels of readiness.
  • (b)Learning Environment indicator: Creates and maintains a safe and collaborative learning environment that values diversity and motivates students to take academic risks, challenge themselves, and claim ownership of their learning.
  • (c)Cultural Proficiency indicator: Actively creates and maintains an environment in which students' diverse backgrounds, identities, strengths, and challenges are respected.
  • (d) Expectations indicator: Plans and implements lessons that set clear and high expectations and make knowledge accessible for all students.

(3) Family and Community Engagement standard: Promotes the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
  • (a)Engagement indicator: Welcomes and encourages every family to become active participants in the classroom and school community.
  • (b)Collaboration indicator: Collaborates with families to create and implement strategies for supporting student learning and development both at home and at school.
  • (c) Communication indicator: Engages in regular, two-way, and culturally proficient communication with families about student learning and performance.

(4) Professional Culture standard: Promotes the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.

  • (a)Reflection indicator: Demonstrates the capacity to reflect on and improve the educator's own practice, using informal means as well as meetings with teams and work groups to gather information, analyze data, examine issues, set meaningful goals, and develop new approaches in order to improve teaching and learning.
  • (b)Professional Growth indicator: Actively pursues professional development and learning opportunities to improve quality of practice or build the expertise and experience to assume different instructional and leadership roles.
  • (c)Collaboration indicator: Collaborates effectively with colleagues on a wide range of tasks.
  • (d)Decision-making indicator: Becomes involved in school-wide decision-making, and takes an active role in school improvement planning.
  • (e)Shared Responsibility indicator: Shares responsibility for the performance of all students within the school.
  • (f)Professional Responsibilities indicator: Is ethical and reliable, and meets routine responsibilities consistently.

Here are the professionals!

Evaluation Forms for Administrator Kimberley Clements