March 2022

Welcome to Educator Effectiveness News. This monthly newsletter from DESE’s Center for Instructional Support includes timely information, resources, and opportunities for Massachusetts schools, districts, and educator preparation providers in support of preparing, developing, and retaining a diverse and effective educator workforce, so that all of our students thrive.
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Happy Spring! As we look to longer and warmer days ahead, we are excited to announce two new data resources for Massachusetts districts and educator preparation providers that will support informed decision-making and continuous improvement, as well as an exciting new grant program to support emergency licensed educators as we all work together to disrupt racial inequities in student experiences and outcomes, and strengthen our educator workforce.
DESE’s New Data Diversity Dashboard

DESE is excited to announce the release of a newly developed
Educator Data Dashboard. In alignment with our commitment to develop and support a more diverse and culturally responsive educator workforce, the new data dashboard provides district and state level educator employment and pipeline data by race and ethnicity.  

The Educator Data Dashboard supports schools, districts, and organizations with important data related to the Massachusetts educator workforce. We hope these data will be used to inform practice at the local level as we collectively work toward our goal of creating a more diverse and culturally responsive educator workforce.

The Dashboard includes two separate reports, including:

The Employed Educators Report disaggregates data by race and ethnicity for the most recent three years for educators employed in Massachusetts public schools, including total educators, new hires, experienced educators, retention, and in-field data by job classification. 

The Educator Pipeline Report disaggregates data by race and ethnicity for the most recent three years of enrollment and completion data in approved Educator Preparation Programs, licensure data, and pass rates for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

The Dashboard is available as an
Educator Statewide Report on School Profiles.  For questions related to the dashboard, please email
DESE’s Curriculum Data Collection

Expanding access to high-quality, standards-aligned curricular materials can significantly improve student learning and outcomes, especially when teachers have the professional knowledge they need to make the most of those curriculum materials. Additionally, we have heard from districts and prep providers that knowing which curricular materials other districts are using would allow them to:
  • learn from each other, especially from those further along in implementation,
  • collaborate with others using the same materials, and
  • be better informed when selecting new materials.
In short, curriculum matters. Between now and July 1, DESE is collecting data on the curricula districts are using for K–8 ELA/literacy, K–12 math, and 6–8 science. More information is available here. Districts will report the data using the application called Curriculum Data Collection in the Security Portal. We are focusing on the curricula used for the majority of instruction across all classrooms in a school or district. We will collect the product name and publisher or, if applicable, whether the district developed the materials. We will also collect the grades in which the materials are used and whether teachers are required to use them. Districts may also report materials that they are piloting along with other supplemental materials, but this is not required.

In order to prepare districts to report this data, we are providing step-by-step directions available for download at Upcoming office hours on this subject via Zoom as follows:
  • Tuesday, April 5, 3-4 p.m.
  • Monday, May 9, 3-4 p.m.
The link for all of the sessions is If you have any questions, please email Craig Waterman at
Upcoming Grant Opportunity to Support Emergency Licensed Educators

We are committed to supporting a strong and diverse pipeline into the profession, and the over four thousand educators on emergency licenses currently working in MA schools contribute to this goal. According to recent employment data, however, only 18% have advanced to a provisional or initial license. To that end, the Department is excited to announce a new grant program for the 2022-23 school year. This grant program will disseminate up to $1.3 million to support partnerships between organizations and districts that provide pathways for currently employed emergency licensed educators to earn a provisional or initial license. Eligible applicants will need to demonstrate the following:
  • An existing pathway or approved program to support advancement to a provisional or initial license
  • An articulated partnership with one or more Massachusetts school districts (priority will be given to partnerships with districts employing the largest proportion of emergency licensed educators)
  • An explicit commitment to supporting educators of color
We anticipate maximum award amounts of $125K per partnership, with funding available starting July 1, 2022. More information will become available in early April.

PK-12 Corner

It’s beginning to look a lot like… hiring season!

As you look ahead to the 2022-23 year, check out the
DESE Talent Guide for helpful tips on how to keep equity at the center of your hiring practices and support hiring an effective and diverse group of educators:
  • Start early! Studies suggest that districts that start the hiring process early are more likely to hire strong teachers.
  • Keep equity at the center by including a diverse group of stakeholders in the hiring process, mitigating bias in screening tools and interview processes, and communicating an inclusive and anti-racist focus in hiring materials and interviews.
  • Build on existing relationships with student teachers and paraeducators, who are likely to be more effective than the average first year teacher in your school.
  • Point educators to licensure supports, including alternative assessments for select MTEL tests and test preparation resources. District staff and educators employed on an emergency license in 2020-21 also received specific information about licensure supports in a December 2021 email.
To learn more, check out the Talent Guide Hiring page and the MA Teacher Diversification Guidebook.

Gathering Student, Staff and Family Feedback

Feedback from students, staff, and families provides important information about teaching and learning, including insight into culturally responsive practice. Given its value, student and staff feedback are required sources of evidence in evaluations of teachers and administrators, respectively. These resources can support educators to gather evidence of their impact and reflect on their practice in the 2021-2022 year:

Using Ed Tech To Support Teaching & Learning: Share Your Input!

DESE is partnering with
The Learning Accelerator (TLA) to create guidance for ed tech selection, implementation, and evaluation. To ensure that the guide is valuable for leaders of schools and school systems as well as for educators, they are creating several opportunities for focus groups to engage with draft versions of their materials. These focus groups will be held virtually at the following times:

  • Tuesday, 3/22 10am-11am ET
  • Wednesday, 3/23 3pm-4pm ET

Participants will be given a preview of early drafts of our EdTech systems guidance and will be asked to provide feedback. If you would like to participate, please complete this form to ensure that TLA can provide you with a calendar invitation and Zoom link by Thursday, March 17th.

Ed Prep Corner

Formal Review Listening Tour

Over the coming weeks, we will be launching our Spring 2022 Listening Tour to hear from a range of stakeholders from educator preparation, PK12 schools/districts, and communities to inform revisions to the formal review process. We are excited to be partnering with
Rivera Consulting in designing and supporting meaningful, authentic opportunities to share input about teaching and learning, and to ensure that we are elevating the voices and perspectives of those who have been historically excluded from DESE’s policy decisions. Additional information regarding specific opportunities to participate will be shared in the coming weeks.

2022 State Annual and Title II Reports

The 2022 Annual SAR/Title II reporting window opened Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 and closes Friday, April 29th, 2022. As in years past, DESE will be handling the collection and certification of data for your preparation programs as required by the SAR and Title II requirements. This includes any/all programs (Initial, Professional, Administrative, etc.) for which your organization had approval during the 2020-2021 academic year – September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021. If you were an approved Sponsoring Organization in 2020-2021, you must complete the SAR/Title II report even if you did not complete any candidates.

Your primary, secondary, and data contacts received an email with more details including the survey link and guidance documents. Please email with any questions. If you need to update your organization’s contact information, please update this form.

Culminating Reports

In Spring 2020, our formal reviews went virtual to keep faculty, staff, and students safe during the pandemic. As a result, the Culminating Reports for SY2019-2022 will be split into two reporting groups: pre-pandemic and post-pandemic. The pre-pandemic group report will include organizations reviewed through March 2020 and be released this Spring. The post-pandemic group will include all SY2020 to SY2022 organizations that have undergone a virtual review and will be released as soon as the reviews are finalized for each organization. We also plan to update all prior Culminating Reports to incorporate subsequent changes in approval statuses, as many organizations have successfully moved out of conditions and into full approval. 
Informal Review

Effective immediately, Ed Prep will be accepting applications for informal review of Initial licensure programs for Foreign Language, PreK-6. Please visit the informal review
webpage for more information on how to submit a new program through informal review.
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