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Evaluation of Mass. Human Capital Management Initiatives

Policymakers experimented with innovative approaches to educator development, evaluation, and pay across the Commonwealth. SRI led an evaluation to examine their approaches and provided feedback to guide continuous improvement.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) implemented three interrelated initiatives to improve educator quality and student achievement:

  • Educator Evaluation Framework, which included new regulations for educator evaluations and was adopted across all districts in the state
  • aMAzing Educators, a pilot for educator compensation reform in one, high-poverty district funded through a federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant
  • Human Resources Pilot Project, an effort in three districts to redesign human resources policies across seven key levers (recruitment, hiring, and placement; induction; professional development; teacher leadership and career advancement; organizational structure; and adult professional culture).

From 2012 to 2015, SRI and its research partners, Abt Associates, Nancy Brigham Associates and Julia Koppich and Associates, conducted a mixed-methods evaluation of all three initiatives using surveys, case studies and analyses of state data to provide a snapshot of the Commonwealth’s progress in implementing innovative human capital management initiatives. Throughout the evaluation, we worked with ESE to create products tailored to the needs of a wide range of stakeholders (including state policymakers, district, schools and educators), which provided actionable feedback that could be used at various levels of the system. For example, we wrote internal memos to ESE that provided updates on the status of implementation at the state level and policy implications. We also created public research briefs that explored educator perceptions of the initiatives, exemplary implementation practices, and lessons learned for districts and schools.

For all three initiatives, SRI also produced comprehensive reports to provide more detailed information to ESE on implementation successes and challenges, as well as implications for future policy and practice.

For more information about the individual projects, please click the project links above.