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MA Coordinated Program Review Procedures

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  COORDINATED PROGRAM REVIEW

PROCEDURES

School District

Information Package

Special Education

School Year 2016-2017

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

Coordinated Program Review Procedures

Special Education School District Information Package

Table of Contents
The Web-based Approach to Special Education Monitoring 3 Orientation 7 Student Record Selection and Review 7 Interviews 8 Classroom and Facilities Observation 9 Document # 1: LOCAL DISTRICT COORDINATOR AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR’S PLANNING GUIDE 10 Document #2 SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM REVIEW CRITERIA 12 Document #3: Onsite Team Member Interview and Observation Schedule 58 Document #4: List of Interviewees for SE, CR, and ELE 59 Document #5: FACILITIES/CLASSROOM OBSERVATION FORM 59 Appendix I: SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION 60 Appendix II: STUDENT RECORD REVIEW PROCEDURES 69
The Web-based Approach to Special Education Monitoring
Starting with the 2007-2008 SY, the Department commenced the piloting of a web-based approach to comprehensive special education monitoring. … Read the rest

MA Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

MHLAC Library (snapshot as of May 1, 2017; from here) The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) has numerous publications about the rights of people with mental illness in Massachusetts. Click on the links below to view materials written by MHLAC and other organizations. You may also request a publication using MHLAC’s Order Publications page. … Read the rest

Educator Preparation – Educator Evaluation

Educator Evaluation

Educator Preparation

This video is an introduction to the Frameworks for Inclusive Practice. Nearly one-fifth of the students in Massachusetts public schools receive special education services. Approximately 60% of those students spend the majority of their school days in classrooms with their non-disabled peers. Beginning teachers, regardless of licensure and placement, will invariably be working with students with diverse needs. … Read the rest

Inclusive Practice: Administrator Evaluation – Educator Evaluation

Educator Evaluation

Inclusive Practice: Administrator Evaluation

Overview

The Massachusetts Model Systems for Principal and Superintendent Evaluation were created in response to new regulations adopted by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2011. The models were designed to promote leaders’ growth and development while placing student learning at the center of the process. … Read the rest

Inclusive Practice: Reviewing Common Assessments – Educator Evaluation

Educator Evaluation

Inclusive Practice: Reviewing Common Assessments

Overview

The Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework is designed to promote educators’ professional growth and development while placing improved student learning at the center of every educator’s work. All educators receive two independent but linked ratings designed to focus on the critical intersection of practice and impact, which together create a more complete picture of educator performance. … Read the rest

Collecting Staff and Student Feedback – Educator Evaluation

Educator Evaluation

Collecting Staff and Student Feedback

Overview

The Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework incorporates information about educator practice from a wide and representative range of sources. Student and staff feedback, which is a required piece of evidence, offers a unique and important perspective on educator effectiveness. When taken together with other information sources, student and staff feedback helps to provide a more accurate and detailed picture of an educator’s practice1. … Read the rest

Inclusive Practice: Analyzing Artifacts – Educator Evaluation

Educator Evaluation

Inclusive Practice: Analyzing Artifacts

Overview

In the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework, educators and evaluators share responsibility for collecting and analyzing evidence of educator practice from multiple sources. Evidence includes observations, multiple measures of student learning, feedback from staff or students, and artifacts of practice. The underlying purpose of evidence collection is to inform meaningful conversations between educators and evaluators and generate a representative picture of educator practice. … Read the rest

Inclusive Practice: Conducting Observations – Educator Evaluation

Educator Evaluation

Inclusive Practice: Conducting Observations

Overview

Observations and high-quality feedback play an important role in fostering reflective educator practice, improving instruction, and supporting evaluators as instructional leaders. Observations and targeted feedback can contribute to an objective picture of educator practice over time, help to identify specific areas for professional growth, and stimulate ongoing communication concerning teaching and learning. … Read the rest

Inclusive Practice: Educator Goals – Educator Evaluation

Educator Evaluation

Inclusive Practice: Educator Goals

Overview

The Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework requires every educator to develop at least one student learning goal and at least one professional practice goal. On the basis of a self-assessment, many educators may wish to focus one or both of their goals on inclusive practice. … Read the rest

Inclusive Practice: Interpreting Rubrics and Self-Assessment – Educator Evaluation

Educator Evaluation

Inclusive Practice: Interpreting Rubrics and Self-Assessment

Overview

The Massachusetts Task Force on the Evaluation of Teachers and Administrators proposed common Standards and Indicators for Effective Teaching Practice and for Effective Administrative Leadership Practice because “it is critical to develop and adopt a common statewide understanding about what effective teaching practice and administrative leadership looks like.”1 These standards and related indicators are the principles around which performance rubrics are organized and support each step of the 5-Step Cycle of evaluation. … Read the rest