Educator Evaluation 

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted a new educator evaluation system in 2011. Districts are at various stages of complying with different components of this system.

Meanwhile, in 2016 state executive agencies have been instructed by the governor to review regulations and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens.

The MTA will be providing members with information about how to comment on any education regulations that they believe are unnecessary and burdensome, including for many, aspects of the educator evaluation system. Until and unless the regulations are changed, the new evaluation system remains in effect.

Evaluation is a mandatory subject of collective bargaining in Massachusetts. MTA provides local leaders with guidance about collectively bargaining elements of the new system.

The Basics

MTA Educator Evaluation Handbook MTA Educator Evaluation Handbook
Online educator evaluation handbook for individual educators, schools and districts.

MTA Student Learning in the Massachusetts Evaluation Framework  
MTA username and password required to view this PowerPoint.

MTA Student Learning Goal Guidance
MTA’s guidance on the development of student learning goals provides a step-by-step approach that individual educators and/or teams and their evaluator/supervisors may use in identifying  student learning needs, proposing a goal and developing educator plans to address the goal. Having at least one student learning goal as part of the Educator Plans is a mandatory element of the new evaluation framework. It is MTA’s position that student learning goals should be straightforward statements of what students should know and/or be able to do as a result of the educator’s work with them over the course of the instructional period. The details of what educators will do, what students will do, the district support provided to the educators, and the evidence to be used in determining goal attainment should be outlined in the Educator Plan.

MTA Student Growth Percentiles Explained
Video created by MTA's Center for Education Policy and Practice explaining the Student Growth Percentile (SGP) statistic. The SGP is part of the Massachusetts educator evaluation system for some educators and is used in accountability determinations.

Measures of Educator Practice
Chart explaining the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework. Reading the chart from left to right, the educator and the evaluator collect and present Evidence about the four Standards of Practice and the two Educator Plan goals that inform the educator’s Performance Rating which then – in combination with the educator’s Impact on Student Learning – determines the type and duration of the Educator Plan.

MTA Toolkit on District-Determined Measures

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Educator Evaluation section on DESE's website
  • Massachusetts Model System for Educator Evaluation
    An eight-part series including district-level and school-level planning and implement; rubrics and model rubrics for superintendents, administrators and teachers; model collective bargaining contract language; implementation for principal and superintendent evaluation; rating educator impact on student learning using District-Determined Measures of Student Learning; and using staff and student feedback in the evaluation process.

Deeper Dive

From the NEA

QUESTIONS? MTA members with questions about the proposed evaluation regulations may send an email to