Massachusetts Race to the Top Education Workshop: Keynote Address by U.S. Secretary of Education [...]Arne Duncan
As part of its commitment to attract, develop and retain a highly effective educator workforce, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted new regulations for educator evaluation in June 2011. Districts with Level 4 schools and 11 voluntary early adopter districts began to implement the regulations in September 2011. Race to the Top participating districts will begin to implement the regulations in September 2012, and all districts will implement the new regulations in September 2013. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the Massachusetts Model System for Educator Evaluation on January 10, 2012. The model was developed in close consultation with state associations, and includes protocols and rubrics for evaluating superintendents and principals, suggested contract language for teacher evaluation, implementation guides, and other resources. Districts have the option to adopt the Model, adapt the Model, or revise their existing systems. Districts that choose the option to adapt or revise will need to submit their system to the Department for review. DESE hosted a webinar on January 10th to help with the launch of this model system, and is now hosting regional workshops to help district teams get started. This February 6th event is one of those regional Educator Evaluation Getting Started workshops for school district teams.