Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Our students are more than their test scores, and so are you! We can ditch DDMs - but we need your action now.
Go HERE to ask your legislators to get rid of the burdensome and harmful "student impact rating" mandate to judge educators based on MCAS scores and "District-Determined Measures."
Our goal is to get 5,000 e-mails sent to Beacon Hill in the next 10 days. That's a lot. But we can do it if everyone reading this message sends a message now and then forwards the e-mail to five friends, asking them to do the same. Also, please post messages on social media using the hashtag #DitchDDMs - and talk up the effort at end-of-year meetings and events.
Don't wait. We have two short weeks to persuade the House-Senate budget conference committee to back the Senate plan to get rid of the DDM mandate, hated by evaluators and those being evaluated alike.
In addition, be sure to check out The Boston Globe on Thursday for our ad on this issue. And if you live anywhere near Malden, please mark your calendar for a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting on DDMs. The meeting will be held at 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, beginning at 5 p.m. on June 27. Details will follow next week.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Dear MTA Member:
I think this much is safe to say: there is no MTA member that looks forward to implementing District Determined Measures (DDMs). Well, now is your chance to help do something about that.
Our Government Relations Division has been working hard on advocating for great investment in public education in the state budget and to get rid of DDMs.
Unfortunately, the House did not eliminate DDMs in their budget. So, the action now moves to the Senate.
We're telling senators that the recent passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides Massachusetts the opportunity to remove high-stakes testing and arbitrary scoring from teacher evaluations. We're proposing the elimination of the impact rating mandate on educator evaluations while keeping indicators of student learning as a source of evidence in the educator development and evaluation process.
Your voice matters: call your senator and the Senate President (617-722-1500) right now to advocate for education funding and let them know it's time to say good bye to DDMs. Ask all of your friends and colleagues to do the same.
Contact your Senate District Coordinator and see if you can schedule a meeting with your senator.
As time draws closer to a vote, we may be asking for more from you.
A list of the senator's phone numbers is found below. If you don't know who you senator is you can find them by clicking here.