Monday, November 4, 2013

Galileo Assessments Appropriate for Use as Massachusetts District-Determined Measures

We are happy to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), in partnership with WestEd, identified Galileo K-12 Online assessments as appropriate for use as District-Determined Measures (DDMs). Read alignment specifications of Galileo assessments to the ESE criteria.

ESE states on its website that assessments selected as DDMs by WestEd are aligned with critical content identified in the Core Course Objectives and/or the appropriate Massachusetts Curriculum Framework1. A key criterion of the Commonwealth's new educator evaluation system, DDMs provide districts an opportunity to broaden the range of knowledge and skills they assess and how they assess learning. Districts must identify or develop measures for assessing student learning for each educator evaluation.

Educators in Massachusetts, and nationwide, will need data from several measures of student learning in order to identify trends, patterns, and academic achievement under new educator evaluation initiatives. Galileo technology, in use by a diverse and growing number of districts and charter schools, provides educators the student growth data to address these requirements in preschool through high school.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or for more information.

1Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2012). Massachusetts Model System for Educator Evaluation Part VII: Educator Impact on Student Learning using District-Determined Measures of Student Learning, Growth and Achievement. Malden, Massachusetts: Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D. Retrieved from

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