District Determined Measures

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s new evaluation system requires school psychologists to determine the impact that they have on students’ learning, growth, and achievement through district determined measures or DDMs. In order to assist school psychologists and administrators in identifying DDMs that might ‘fit’ the highly varied roles of school psychologists in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA) is offering suggestions for consideration. We hope that school psychologists will add to the suggestions below as they work to identify indirect measures for their own districts.

Note that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education advises that selected DDMs should represent a meaningful sample of the school psychologist’s role in their school district, which would provide feedback to inform practice. Some school psychologists in Massachusetts spend the vast majority of their time conducting assessments. Others have roles ranging from team chairperson to the full contemporary role covering all of the NASP domains. Therefore a variety of DDMs are needed for support personnel. 

Feedback Checklists

Holistic Measures

Case Rubric

Goal Attainment Scaling

Progress Monitoring Tools Link

School Psychologist Evaluation Rubric

The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA) has developed this rubric for the evaluation of school psychologists for adoption, in part or in whole, by Massachusetts School Districts. the MSPA rubric is patterned after the DESE Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Rubric: it uses the same standards, indicators, and elements-plus tow additional elements (I.C.4. Intervention Monitoring and Evaluation, and III.C.3 Community Connections). DESE personnel have reviewed this rubric and determined that it complies with Massachusetts requirements.  


Improving School Climate

The Department of Education has created school climate surveys and a quick guide on making school climate improvements to help foster and sustain safe and supportive environments that are conducive to learning for all students in our schools. These new, free, resources will allow school psychologists to make significant improvements in students'  safety, and in their sense of respect and connectedness at school. The Department has a high priority on helping schools create safer and more nurturing school climates. 

For more information about the surveys

to find the Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements.https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/scirp/quick-guide

Emergancy Management

NASP Resources (Links)

NASP website: Connect

NASP Conventions and Professional Development: Connect

Becoming a Nationally Certified School Psychologist: Connect

MA Regulation (Links)

MA DESE Licensing Requirements for Professional Support: Connect

Licensure as an Educational Psychologist: Learn more...

Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts: Learn more....

DESE Document Revision - DRAFT

English Language Learners (ELL) (Links)

Colorín Colorado: Connect

Considerations for English Language Learners: Learn more...

Connecticut Administrators of Programs for ELLs: Connect

Special Education & ELLs: Learn more...

Pennsylvania Department of Eduction: Connect



Assessment and Management of Concussions: MSPA 5/16/14 Gerard A. Gioia, PhD. 

Assessment and Management of Concussions

Supporting Students with Concussion Slides

Recommendations for Education

Overview of the WJ Cog and ACH Tests

The WJ IV and Beyond CHC by Kevin MCGrew, PhD.

The WJ-IV-and Beyond-CHC Slides

CHC-Periodic Table

Medical Evaluations and Schools

The MSPA Board requested clarification from MA DESE in regard to medical evaluations for special education eligibility. This official determination is critical when a team is considering eligibility under Health Impairment.

Letter from State Director of Special Education

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