A History of the Wayland Public Schools Response

to the New Massachusetts’ Evaluation System and Regulations

In February of 2012 Wayland educators were introduced to the new evaluation system. Then Wayland Public Schools' leaders and a number of teachers representing the Wayland Teachers’ Association (WTA) met several times during the summer of 2012 to  to figure out how to implement the evaluation regulations.  One of the outcomes of the Committee work was a Pilot Program for the 2012-2013 school year.  The Pilot was created to help prepare for implementation of the evaluation system regulations in the fall of 2013.

A total of 26 volunteers representing a good mix schools with classroom teachers as well as caseload professionals were chosen.  Each volunteer in the Pilot was expected to complete about 40 hours of work over two years with a  compensation of $1,000 each.  During the 2012-2013 year, the pilot teachers received a training from Teachers 21, conducted self assessments, wrote SMART goals, collected evidence, met with leaders as a pilot team, interacted with evaluators related to goals, evidence, and both formative and summative evaluations, and collaborated on the creation of a website, Wayland Elementary Schools’ Teacher Evaluation Guide, to guide teachers in the evaluation process the following year.

During the summer of 2013, 50% of Wayland teachers were chosen to begin the evaluation process in the fall of 2013.  Non tenured teachers and teachers who were on the old system’s narrative and profile plans were chosen.  Teachers who were involved in the Pilot as well as teachers who were designated for a PD year on the old system will begin the new evaluation process in fall of 2014.  

The Wayland Teachers’ Association and the Wayland Public Schools’ leadership formalized contract language related to the evaluation regulations.  Also, pilot teachers and administrators worked to find ways to support teachers starting the process for the first time with planned faculty meetings and mentoring.

As of January 2015, all teachers in the system are participating in the evaluation system. The process has been streamlined and enriched. All educators are now responsible for assessing their efforts with respect to the evaluation standards. They are also responsible for establishing a student learn goal and professional learning goal at the start of the year as well as writing a rationale and action plan. New timelines were established at the start of 2015 as well.

In 2014 District Determined Measures (DDMs) were established for every educator and those measure will serve as part of the educator's overall evaluation, though there continues to be changes associated with DDMs at the State level, and scoring processes have not been set for all DDMs. According to State documents, it appears that student assessments of their teachers will also play a role in 2015 assessments. That process has yet to be established in Wayland. Further, Wayland has adopted the PARCC test for students in grades 3-8, and this will be the first year of that test. Scores related to teacher's evaluations and students' standardized tests will include the best scores between the 2014 MCAS and 2015 PARCC tests for grades K-8. 10th graders will take the MCAS test again this year, and 5th graders and middle school students will continue to take the MCAS science tests.

Written by Maureen Devlin