Welcome to the Missouri Observation Simulation Tool! MOST offers administrators a chance to practice assessing teacher performance in the classroom and providing meaningful feedback based on that assessment.
MOST supports districts and LEAs with implementation of the Essential Principles by allowing administrators to do the following:
- Practice observing teacher performance on a specific quality indicator using a bank of short, targeted videos
- Practice assigning a performance rating for each video and giving feedback to the featured teacher
- View a comparison of the assigned performance rating to a Master Score and other scores statewide
Support for Essential Principles
All districts must align their evaluation systems to six of Missouri’s seven Essential Principles by 2014-15. Districts must align to Principle #4 regarding student growth data by 2015-16. MOST helps with the following four of those seven principles:
Principle #1: Research-based expectations and targets
- The rubric used in MOST is the Missouri Growth Guide, which uses research-based expectations and targets
Principle #2: Differentiated performance levels in evaluation
- Each video is paired with a rubric designed for the specific quality indicator, complete with a 0-7 performance scale and organized into four distinct developmental performance levels
- This rubric (the Growth Guide from the Missouri Model Evaluation System) allows administrators to observe teacher performance on a specific indicator and practice rating them into distinct developmental performance levels
Principle #5: Regular, meaningful feedback for educators
- As all feedback should be targeted and specific, the feedback in MOST targets the quality indicator of the video and includes specific guidance on how to frame a follow-up conversation and the types of follow-up questions that should be asked
Principle #6: Ongoing, standardized training for evaluators
- MOST hosts a large supply of full-length videos with the potential to create an unlimited bank of edited video clips, allowing ongoing practice at observing teacher performance tied to specific quality indicators
- Infinite variations of “Training Plans” can be created, allowing districts to cluster together sets of videos for administrators to train on multiple quality indicators
- Master Scores allow administrators state-wide to compare their ratings for each video to a standardized benchmark rating set by the consensus rating of Master Scorers
- District-wide “Training Plans” can be created to allow administrators within a single district to observe sets of videos standardized for the whole district
- The Master Score for each video comes with a rationale to ensure that all users understand the evidence supporting each score
Tips for Use
- Use the instructional resources. MOST has many exciting features of which all users should be aware, so view the Orientation Video but also be sure to access the many additional instructional resources that support MOST. http://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/educator-growth-toolbox
- Know what MOST can do. MOST allows users to view, create, and re-organize an endless supply of videos based on grade-level, subject, setting, or quality indicator. Understanding the opportunities MOST offers can only enhance its use.
- Understand the limitations. While MOST has many capabilities, there are some limitations to its use of which administrators should be aware. For example, when observing videos, administrators will not be able to ask the teacher any follow-up questions or walk around the classroom to look at student work as you might in a live observation.
- Decide what you need. Because MOST allows users to view, create, and re-organize an endless supply of videos, districts and administrators should deliberately select videos tied to indicators upon which they have decided to focus. While this by no means should suggest that districts should avoid videos tied to other indicators, it does mean that districts should have a plan for some standardized use of MOST.
- Practice, practice, practice. As with anything, practice is essential to developing fluency. MOST allows users to view as many video clips as time permits, so districts and administrators are encouraged to access the site repeatedly.
- Who can use MOST? MOST has capacity for every administrator statewide as well as state agency personnel, select faculty from educator preparation programs, and select personnel from education organizations in-state.
- Where did the videos come from? MOST was developed in collaboration with My Learning Plan, who partnered with Educational Testing Service (ETS) to access the ETS Classroom Video Library.
- How were the Master Scores determined? The department organized full-day sessions at which experienced administrators as well as representatives from education organizations, educator preparation programs, and the department observed each video and calibrated their scores to reach an agreeable consensus Master Score.
- What do I do if my score doesn’t match the Master Score? First, users should read the rationale provided for the Master Score to better understand what evidence supports that Master Score. For more insight, users should then compare their scores to the data in the Results Explorer, which displays a comparison of the user score to aggregate statewide data from all other users on each video.
- What kind of technical support can I get for MOST? Check out our webinars for direction. For more specific questions, please email the department at email@example.com or submit a ticket to My Learning Plan’s Help Desk on the site.