Educator Effectiveness and Measures of Student Learning/Statewide Common Exams

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December 16, 2013 Updates

How Growth is Measured When Content Standards Change - In the 2012-13 school year, North Carolina implemented new, more rigorous content standards in all content areas. The assessments administered in the 2012-13 school year were aligned to these content standards. A document that outlines how growth is measured from one year to the next when content standards change, is available on the Educator Effectiveness website at

Guide to Measuring Student Learning published - The Guide to Measuring Student Learning for Educator Effectiveness outlines how North Carolina measures growth for teachers of all content areas and program delivery models. Click here to access the guide.

November 4, 2013

Udpated document showing constructed response items - The testing and accountability department has updated the document showing constructed response items on the NC Final Exams. You can view the document by clicking here.

Changes to EVAAS - The attached document outlines the changes made to EVAAS screens and reports for data from 2012-2013.
Click here to access the document.

Information about NC Final Exams - Since the release of the value-added data, districts have been inquiring about how DPI will be moving forward with the assessments that could not be used for value-added modeling. This document sets out the next steps for each assessment for which we could not generate value-added scores. Click here to access the document.

October 10, 2013 Update

Educator Effectiveness Policy Changes and EVAAS Release Info - The documents below outlines changes to educator effectiveness policies made during the October 2013 SBE meeting as well as information about the upcoming release of EVAAS info.

May 29, 2013 Update

Educator Effectiveness Model Website Features Many Resource Updates
A number of documents have been updated throughout the Educator Effectiveness Model website. You can find material on the specific web pages listed below.

The following documents are available under EVAAS Resources at Scroll down to the section entitled “Notification to Educators” to locate the specific documents.
-Principal/Assistant Principal Notification on Release of Administrator Evaluation Dashboard
-Teacher Notification on Release of Teacher Evaluation Dashboard

Under “Other Resources,” look for the following updated material.
-Guidance on Teacher Level Access to Student Projections

Look at the Resources page at to locate the updated material referenced below.
-Under “Communications,” the Key Points on EVAAS has been updated. Scroll down to the material under “Superintendent Memo from 2012” to find the Key Points.
-Under “Statewide Meeting for District and Charter School Planning Teams,” the Optional Local Planning template has been updated.
-Locate “Quick Resources for Teachers” at the bottom of the page to view the updated document Educator Effectiveness Update for Teachers of ELL Students.

Review the Measures of Student Learning page at find the following updated resources.
-Scroll down the page to “Scoring Rubrics” where the updated version of the General Rubric document is available.
-Under “Best Practices,” the Best Practices for Scoring Performance Tasks resources has been updated.

May 9, 2013 Update

AP/IB Courses and Common Exams
All AP/IB courses are exempt from Common Exams this semester. Even if a course counts toward graduation requirements, such as AP US History or AP English Language, students do not have to take a Common Exam. DPI will be piloting a process for teacher effectiveness regarding AP/IB courses in Fall 2013.

May 8, 2013 Update

Public Reports on Educator Effectiveness Released

Click here to see the news release.
Click here to access the database.

May 7, 2013 Update

On Thursday, May 2, 2013, the State Board of Education passed policy changes to the Educator Effectiveness policy. Here are the changes that are in effect for the 2012-2013 school year:

Standard Six:
For the 2012-13 school year, Standard Six will only be based on a teacher's individual value-added score. There will no longer be a 70% teacher-level and 30% school-level value-added mix. Through the administration of End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, Career and Technical Education Post-Assessments, and Common Exams, about 65 – 70% of NC's teachers will have an individual value-added score. For the remaining teachers (for example, K-3, the Arts), the school-wide growth value-added score will determine their Standard Six ratings; however, the data will not count as "year one" of the three-year average for them. Their first year of data will be when they have data on the growth of their own students in their content area.

Standard Eight:
In the 2011-12 school year, principals and assistant principals received Standard Eight ratings based on school-wide growth scores that included the results from End-of-Grade and End-of-Course exams. For the 2012-13 school year, Standard Eight ratings will be based on school-wide growth scores that include the End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, Career and Technical Education Post-Assessments, and Common Exams. This change makes the Standard Eight rating more reflective of the growth across the entire school.

March 8, 2013 Update

On Thursday, March 7, 2013 the State Board of Education discussed proposed changes to the Educator Effectiveness policy. The power point that was presented to the State Board is below.
TCP 3 Proposed policy changes
TCP 3 Power Point
TCP 3 Summary

March 5, 2013 Update - Released Constructed Response Items from Fall 2012 Common Exams

The NCDPI has released the following constructed response items from the fall 2012 administrations of the Measures of Student Learning (MSL) Common Exams. These test items may be used by school systems to help acquaint students with constructed response items on the MSLs. These materials must not be used for personal or financial gain.
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Occupational Course of Study
  • Compilation of Constructed Response Items
The released constructed response items are located at

March 1, 2013 Update - Educator Effectiveness Website:

We have recently made some changes to the NC Public Schools website. All of the information that you used to find at can now be found at The email address remains the same.

Anyone who visits the old http://www.ncpublicschools/org/educatoreffect/ site will be automatically directed to the new site. However, anyone who visits one of the subpages of the older site will receive a 404 error that the page has been removed. Please let folks know that all the information is still posted online; they just need to visit and then navigate to their desired page (i.e. EVAAS, Common Exam assessment specifications, etc.)

February 21, 2013 - Sharing Best Practices around Common Exams
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is offering an opportunity for local school districts to learn best practices from one another around the development and implementation of Common Exams. Central Office personnel working on Educator Effectiveness (human resources, testing and curriculum and instruction directors and/or appointees) are invited to join Tammy Howard, Director of Accountability Services, along with testing directors from three local districts who administered the exams for first semester, for a Sharing Best Practices around Common Exams webinar. Dr. Howard and her colleagues will share best practices and lessons learned from the field among those who have administered the first round.

Below are dates, times and local district presenters, along with registration information:
Thursday, Feb. 28, 3:30 to 5 pm -- Dana Wrights, Director of Accountability Services, Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools
Join us for a Webinar on February 28
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Thursday, March 7, 3:30 to 5 pm -- Colby Cochran, Director of Assessment and Accountability, Rowan-Salisbury Schools
Join us for a Webinar on March 7
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Tuesday, March 12, 3:30 to 5 pm -- Terry Hilton, Testing Coordinator, Jackson County Schools, and Jake Buchanan, Principal, Smoky Mountain High School in Jackson County.
Join us for a Webinar on March 12:
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

February 13, 2013 - Myths about Educator Effectiveness Debunked; Measuring Growth One-Pager

February 11, 2013 - Updated timeline for Measures of Student Learning

February 6, 2013 - Teacher Effectiveness measures for CTE Courses

January 27, 2013 - Update on Common Exams
Specification files are now available for the Common Core-aligned high school math exams, Discrete Math (exam will not be administered until 2013-14), elementary and middle school social studies, and elementary and middle school science. We also updated the rest of the specifications documents to be more clear about the amount of time for testing.

The entire set of specifications are available at:

November 10, 2012 - Email update from Jennifer Preston

On Friday, the twenty-two high school Common Exams were sent via secure shell to districts and charter schools participating in fall administration. During this coming week, we will send modified forms of all the exams (with the large-print/one item per page modifications already built in).

Materials Discussed at the September 20, 2012 meeting in Greensboro:


The document provides course codes associated with courses and grades/subjects that have Measures of Student Learning. Please email with any questions.

The document outlines recommended practices for the scoring of constructed response/performance tasks on the Measures of Student Learning. Please email with any questions.

This document describes the process for placing order for answer sheets for the Measures of Student Learning. Please email with any questions.

The first released information sheet on educator effectiveness policies under Race to the Top.

This superintendents' memo outlined the 2011 deadlines for submission of summary ratings on the online education evaluation system, the aggregation of teacher and administrator ratings in order to meet federal reporting requirements, and the timeline for roll-out of the sixth and eighth standards.

This superintendents' memo provided information about the annual evaluation requirement for 2011 - 2012, as well as the abbreviated evaluation option for career-status teachers. The memo also provided more information about the sixth and eighth standards.

This superintendents' memo serves as reminder about the January 20, 2012 release date for the educator effectiveness data. The memo includes directions on how principals can access their school data in the online NCEES tool.

This memo for Human Resource Directors outlines the implementation of the sixth and eighth standards for the 2011 - 2012 school year.

Presentation to the State Board of Education, January 5, 2012

Presentation given to the Governor's Education Transformation Commission (GETC) on August 2, 2012.

Timeline for Measures of Student Learning

DRAFT Implementation Guide for administering the Measures of Student Learning (MSLs)

Memo sent by Dr. Garland to superintendents on August 2, 2012

Interesting Documents:

Sample Status Sheets:
Top 10 things you need to know about educator effectiveness policies in North Carolina: Educator Effectiveness Top Ten List.pdf
Evaluation Comparison Chart - this chart compares requirements for probationary teachers, career teachers in their renewal year, and career teachers in their non-renewal years: Evaluation Comparison Chart.pdf

Briefing that was given to the Governor's Education Transformation Commission on 9/7/11: EDUCATOR EFFECTIVENESS BRIEFING.pd
Presentation that was given at the Teacher Effectiveness Meeting at UNCC on 11/7/11: Focus Group Presentation.pdf

Measures of Student Learning:

Measures of Student Learning (MSLs), sometimes called common exams, are a shared way to gauge student growth in all currently non-tested grades and subjects in the Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA and in the NC Essential Standards. While these measures will be used statewide, they are not the same as our statewide summative assessments in the NC Testing Program: the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments. Districts and charter schools will have flexibility to decide how to use the MSLs as part of students grades.

The State Board of Education will NOT collect or publish the results of the MSLs, although the NCDPI will assist with scoring and data analysis. Eight hundred North Carolina teachers from more than 100 LEAs and 10 charter schools are involved in the design process for the Measures of Student Learning. The design group members began their work in October and will continue to provide feedback for the remainder of 2011-12 school year. NC will implement the MSLs statewide during the 2012-13 school year.

MORE INFO: Jennifer Preston,