Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Evolution of DDMs

At the urging of stakeholders, including the M.A.S.S. officers and Superintendent Advisory Council, and supported by data, including an independent program evaluation funded by ESE and a survey administered by M.A.S.S., ESE has decided to offer districts the opportunity to request permission to use an alternative pathway for evaluating educator impact than trends and patterns using DDMs. Working closely with the Commissioner and Legal, ESE developed the Alternative Pathways Proposal and announced the proposal at the M.A.S.S. Mid-Winter Meeting in March. In late April ESE followed up with a Quick Reference Guide (QRG) that provides more information about the proposal, including why they're offering it, which districts should apply, and how to submit a request.
The proposal does not signal the death of DDMs. Nor is it the “new DDMs.” ESE fully expects that many districts will stay the course. ESE still stands behind the framework, but has recognized this year that for a variety of reasons, not all districts are making the sort of progress expected. ESE hopes that the proposal gives every district a foothold to continue moving forward.

The three potential pathways ESE describes in the QRG are options for districts to consider, but do not represent an exhaustive list. A hybrid or something completely different might be approved, so long as it aligns to the 5 Core Principles.

The use of at least one common measure is a fixture of all alternative pathways to support comparability across grades/subjects. As a result, the work districts have done to date to develop DDMs will be utilized whether a district chooses to stay the course or request a new pathway.

 If you have any questions about the Alternative Pathways Proposal, please contact Ron Noble ( Craig Waterman ( or Heather Peske (  

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