Commissioner Chester has proposed changes to the Student Impact Rating (of which DDMs are a component) regulations which will significantly increase the weight of student assessment results in the evaluation process. In the current regulations, low student impact (as measured by State Assessments and DDMs) could only change the length of a self directed growth plan. In the proposed regulations, results on assessments could be used to rate an educator overall “Needs Improvement” or “Unsatisfactory” and place an educator on a Directed Growth Plan or Improvement Plan. This is significant because these plans could lead to dismissal. His proposal eliminates the current Student Impact Rating and includes a new indicator in the rubric for Standard 2 for student assessment results.
PLEASE submit public comment to tell the Board how this would be harmful for educators and students!!!
Here is a document from the MTA describing the proposals. They are currently seeking public comment until January 27, 2017.
Here is an MTA link with recommendations about how to best craft public comment on this topic.
Here is a DESE link with information about how to submit public comment.
Here is the public comment submitted by the CEA Executive board:CEAPublicCommentonDDMRegulationsProposal