Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Policy Brief: Teacher Equity Gaps in Massachusetts

Last month, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a policy brief focused on Teacher Equity Gaps in MA.  We know that a teachers' efficacy impacts student learning, but by how much?  And what does this mean for student assignment for specific subgroups?  The policy brief provides a look at the research from across the state, as well as how effective teachers were identified in the study, and further begins to answer some of these questions.  Some of the key findings from the study are highlighted below:

  • Three-quarters of the teacher equity gap for low income students is explained by the fact that low income students are disproportionately enrolled in districts with lower average teacher effectiveness.
  • Low income students in Massachusetts are 31% more likely to be assigned teachers with less than 3 years of experience.
  • Compared to the average MA teacher, the teacher in the 75th percentile teacher improves the achievement of their students by 13-15 weeks of learning.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MCAS Released Items Now Available

Released items from the spring 2017 MCAS tests can be found on the Department’s website, along with item descriptions for each test item, sample student work, and scoring guides.  Schools that took CBT in spring 2017 may wish to view released items from the grades 3–8 spring 2017 ELA and Mathematics tests in practice test format on the MCAS Resource Center.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017 MCAS Parent Resources Available

Last week, ESE released official results of the 2017 MCAS assessment in Edwin, dropbox, and on the School and District Profiles website.  In conjunction with the release of the next-generation MCAS scores, ESE has also made many resources available on the MCAS parent page (, including a letter to parents about the next-generation MCAS scores in both English and Spanish and an interactive parent guide.