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MTA Feature Article

Educator Evaluation-Click here to view PowerPoint

All educator evaluation systems in Massachusetts public schools must conform to the new regulations adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Race to the Top districts must do this for the 2012-13 school year and all other districts for 2013-14.

Evaluation is a mandatory subject of collective bargaining in Massachusetts. Each school district and the appropriate educator unit (union) must negotiate and reach agreement on an evaluation system that conforms to the regulatory requirements.

MTA has worked on this issue since the spring of 2010. Our members, leaders and staff served on the Educator Evaluation Task Force that made recommendations to the BESE. We issued our own policy brief defining our vision for a state evaluation framework. The work that MTA has done is found under the MTA in Action tab below.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed a model evaluation system for teachers, principals and superintendents. This was developed with assistance from the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association, and the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association. Links to all elements of this document are found below under the Department of Education tab.

MTA provides local leaders with guidance about collectively bargaining elements of the new system. Districts and associations may decide to:

  • Adopt the model contract language.
  • Adapt the model contract language.
  • Revise their existing contract language.

This information will be updated as new information from DESE, school districts and local associations becomes available.