Monday, March 25, 2013

ESE Educator Evaluation - District Determined Measures

UPDATE 3/28/2103
Webinars will be recorded and archived at:  ESE Educator Evaluation: District-Determined Measures
Below are updated live links to register for ALL sessions 

District-Determined Measures (DDMs) play a key role in the Commonwealth's new educator evaluation system. Selecting DDMs gives districts a long-sought opportunity to broaden the range of what knowledge and skills they assess and how they assess learning. Districts will be identifying or developing measures for assessing student learning for educators in all grades and subject areas, the results of which will lead to opportunities for robust conversations about student achievement, and ultimately improved educator practice and student learning.

For additional information you can download a DDM quick reference guide and/or attend the ESE Assessment Literacy Webinars 


ESE is hosting an eight-part webinar series on District-Determined Measures & Assessment Literacy. This series is targeted for district teams who will be engaged in the work of identifying and selecting DDMs (e.g., district and school-based curriculum and assessment leaders). Each webinar will include activities for district teams to engage in and key communication points to take back to their educators. Webinars will be archived and available for viewing on our website.
Descriptions and registration links for each webinar are listed below and are also available on our website at http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/ddm/webinar.html.

Part 1: Introduction - District-Determined Measures and Assessment Literacy
In Part 1, participants will learn more about how district-determined measures will be used to inform and improve instruction and evaluation. ESE staff will provide an overview of forthcoming supports to assist districts with this important work. These supports will provide Massachusetts districts with the foundation for understanding best practices in student assessment. Part 1 also overviews the remaining parts in this webinar series.
Date: Re-run scheduled for March 27, 2013 (Original hosted on March 14, 2013)
Time: 4-5pm EST (60 minutes)

Part 2: Basics of Assessment
In Part 2, participants will develop a working knowledge of the key concepts of assessment relevant for using assessments to measure student growth, including information about the different types of test items, and how the purposes of assessments drive their usage and structure. Participants will learn how to determine assessment alignment, reliability, and validity - the technical qualities of an assessment for use in accountability situations and will receive a short overview on the basic do's and don'ts of creating assessments. This webinar includes activities for district teams to complete separate from the webinar time.
Date: April 4, 2013
Time: 4-5:30pm EST (90 minutes)

Part 3: Assessment Options
In Part 3, participants will learn various approaches for increasing assessment knowledge through understanding what the Educator Evaluation regulations require for measuring student growth and how the student growth component is factored into an educator's Student Impact Rating. Participants will conduct a gap analysis and compare the available district assessments to the kinds of assessments needed and form an action plan focused on the best approach to district-determined measures of student growth. Districts will need to have completed Part 2 and its activities prior to beginning Part 3.
Date: April 25, 2013
Time: 4-5pm EST (60 minutes)

Part 4: Determining the Best Approach to District-Determined Measures
In Part 4, participants will learn about various approaches to identifying district-determined measures and will determine whether that means building, buying, or borrowing assessments. Districts will need to have completed Parts 2 and 3 and their activities prior to beginning Part 4.
Date: July 18, 2013
Time: 4-5pm EST (60 minutes)


Part 5: Determining How to Integrate Assessments into Educator Evaluation: Reporting Student Growth
In Part 5, participants will learn the different ways of reporting student growth - a simple growth model, a value table, or adjusted growth. Districts will need to have completed Parts 2-4 and their activities prior to beginning Part 5.
Date: August 15, 2013
Time: 4-5pm EST (60 minutes)

Part 6: Determining How to Integrate Assessments into Educator Evaluation: Developing Business Rules and Engaging Staff
In Part 6, participants will learn how to determine standards for student growth and how to set some "business rules" for their local growth models. Participants will also learn how to engage their full professional staff (teachers and principals) in understanding the district's district-determined measures plan and some of the assessment literacy basics that helped to inform this plan. Districts will need to have completed Parts 2-5 and their activities prior to beginning Part 6.
Date: August 29, 2013
Time: 4-5pm EST (60 minutes)

Part 7: Communicating Results
In Part 7, participants will learn how to share assessment data effectively and support the use of this data with the professional teaching staff. Various communication strategies will be shared and participants will be provided with tools and templates for creating engaging opportunities to understand student growth data and what it can mean for instructional decision making. Districts will need to have completed Parts 2-6 and their activities prior to beginning Part 7.
Date: October 24, 2013
Time: 4-5pm EST (60 minutes)

Part 8: Sustainability
In Part 8, participants will learn how to plan for sustaining and building upon the district's district-determined measures plan. Districts will need to have completed Parts 2-7 and their activities prior to beginning Part 8.
Date: December 5, 2013
Time: 4-5pm EST (60 minutes)

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