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 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.

MTA Toolkit on District-Determined Measures

Deeper Dive

MTA In Action

From the NEA

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