Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Opportunity to work on DDM Anchor Standards

Opportunity to work on DDM Anchor Standards

Please email me for more information!  aldick@doe.mass.edu

During the 2013-2014 school year, all Commonwealth districts will be selecting and piloting District-Determined Measures (DDMs). These measures are a critical component of the educator evaluation system in providing educators in all grades and subjects with data about their students' growth.  The goal is for districts to implement DDMs for teachers in all grades and subjects, including Comprehensive Health, World Languages, and the Arts, during the 2014-15 school year. At the end of the 2015-16 school year, districts will be expected to use the DDMs they selected to determine an Impact Rating for each educator. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is partnering with WestEd for the collection, evaluation and posting of assessments that districts may elect to use as DDMs in various grades, subjects, or courses.

The first step in this process is to convene panels of educators at face-to-face meetings to review and develop anchor standards for the state’s “non-tested” grades and subjects. These anchor standards will be at the foundation of the DDM selection process, as assessments aligned to the anchor standards will be eligible for designation as one of ESE’s exemplar DDMs. All meetings will be held in Massachusetts in June and July, 2013.

We now are actively recruiting panelists for these meetings.

Panelists for the first of four meetings will be confirmed by Tuesday, June 4, so please act promptly to nominate qualified colleagues or to indicate your own interest in participating. Those with instructional and curricular expertise - experienced teachers, content specialists, curriculum coordinators, and instructional coaches - will contribute essential skills and knowledge to the anchor standards development process. Panel participants will receive a $450 honorarium and have the opportunity to inform next steps in the implementation of the emerging Model System for Educator Evaluation.

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