Massachusetts Model

Organizational diagram showing the State Level project at the center, aurrounded by three boxes: one representing the Task Force on Statewide Assessment, providing broad oversight for Massachusetts, above; another representing the Massachusetts Team, Developing a statewide assessment model of student learning for MA public campuses, below left; and the last representing the State Partner Team, representing MA in the Multistate Collaborative to develop a multistate program of assessment. Lines connect each box to the other two boxes, and a fourth line connects the State Partner Team to an external box, the Multistate Collaborative.

Work officially began in June 2012 to develop (1) a Massachusetts model for learning outcomes assessment and (2) a plan to pilot the model beginning January 2013. This work, bringing together 22 public campuses with the Department of Higher Education, is overseen by the Massachusetts Task Force on Statewide Assessment and executed by the 11-member Massachusetts Team with input from the State Partner Team.

The first pilot of the Massachusetts Model, utilizing authentic student work from seven public campuses in Massachusetts, ran from January to April 2013. After studying the results, the Massachusetts Team prepared a report for the Massachusetts Task Force on Statewide Assessment, recommending continuing with a second pilot. The Task Force made the same recommendation to Commissioner Freeland, who agreed to a second pilot that will replicate and run parallel to the first national pilot.

Massachusetts Task Force on Statewide Assessment

Charge

To serve as representatives of their respective campuses and, as such, an advisory committee to the Commissioner for Higher Education providing general oversight and guidance to the LEAP State initiative.

Membership

Membership on the Task Force on Statewide Assessment is composed of a presidentially-appointed representative from each of the 22 participating campuses in the LEAP State initiative. Members are appointed annually.

Leadership

The Task Force on Statewide Assessment is chaired by a current campus president, with oversight from the Commissioner of Higher Education.

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Massachusetts Team

Charge

To develop a statewide assessment model of student learning for public campuses of higher education in Massachusetts. The model design builds upon current formative assessments at the campus level connected to faculty, curricula and student work. The intent of implementing a statewide model of student learning assessment is to facilitate improvements in the teaching and learning process while simultaneously meeting external calls for accountability. A second pilot test of the model is planned for the 2014-2015 academic year. Based upon Pilot Study Two outcomes and lessons learned, the Massachusetts Team will recommend to the Task Force on Statewide Assessment (described above) and the Commissioner model revisions. Assessment is by its nature is an iterative process, and, as such, the Massachusetts Team believes the model should be viewed as a “work in progress” with expectations of continual modifications and refinements. 

Membership

Eleven-person team consisting of faculty, administrators, and institutional research and assessment directors drawn from both two- and four-year institutions within the Massachusetts public system of higher education. Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Higher Education in consultation with respective college or university presidents/chancellors. Members are appointed yearly. Rotating membership helps to ensure broad representation across the 22 campuses involved in the Massachusetts LEAP State initiative.

Leadership

The Massachusetts team is chaired by the DHE Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment, with oversight from the Commissioner of Higher Education. The DHE Senior Advisor for Academic Policy serves as a standing member.

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State Partner Team

Charge

To represent Massachusetts in the Multi-State Collaborative in our efforts to build a partnership with other states to design and test a statewide program for use in all participating states. To work with the Massachusetts team in aligning the statewide model of assessment developed by the Massachusetts Team with the statewide model being developed by the Multi-State Collaborative. To participate as part of the Multi-State Collaborative in a pilot study of the statewide program developed by the Multi-State Collaborative and scheduled to be undertaken at the same time as the Massachusetts Pilot Study Two capitalizing on campus work, panned and in place, for both campus- and state-level programs of assessment.

Membership

Six-person team consisting of faculty, administrators, and assessment directors drawn from both two- and four-year institutions within the Massachusetts public system of higher education. Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Higher Education in consultation with respective college or university presidents/chancellors. Members are appointed yearly. Rotating membership helps to ensure broad representation across the 22 campuses involved in the Massachusetts LEAP State project.

Leadership

The State Partner Team is chaired by the DHE Senior Advisor for Academic Policy, with oversight from the Commissioner of Higher Education. The DHE Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment serves as a standing member.

>> View current State Partner Team membership