Educators invited to participate in next phase of evaluation process

During the 2013-2014, all Massachusetts school districts will be identifying and piloting District-Determined Measures for the next phase of the educator evaluation system.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is partnering with WestEd for the collection, evaluation, and posting of assessments that may be used as DDMs for grades PK-2 and non-MCAS tested subjects, such as health, foreign languages and the arts.

From June through August, educator panels have met to review and develop draft Core Course Objectives to guide the selection of quality assessments for approximately 100 different grades, subjects or courses.

DESE is now inviting educators and other stakeholders to participate in a review of the draft CCOs from July 29-August 2. Educators, curriculum specialists, and other stakeholders can access the survey to provide comments about the first set of draft CCOs on the DESE website,

DESE is also seeking recommendations for traditional and non-traditional assessments, commercially available and locally developed instruments that have been piloted or are currently in use in Massachusetts districts. These may include end-of-year or end-of-course examinations, assessments administered at the beginning and end of a grade or course, and non-traditional instruments such as portfolios or performance tasks and associated scoring rubrics.

WestEd has developed an online survey that asks a few questions about the assessments being used and provides a simple tool for uploading copies of the instruments and, if available, supporting documentation associated with that assessment (e.g., administration or scoring guides, technical or research reports). All recommended assessments will be evaluated for use as DDMs.  

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