OPTIC and all related resources are part of the Office of Educator Effectiveness within the Center for Instructional Support at the MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. The Office of Educator Effectiveness promotes and supports educators' ongoing professional learning and growth in the larger effort to ensure that all students have equitable access to an excellent education. By establishing a shared understanding of rigorous, standards-aligned instruction and high quality feedback, school districts and preparation providers can support all educators to meet the diverse learning needs of our students.
OPTIC was developed to allow evaluators and observers to cultivate a shared understanding of standards-aligned instruction and high quality feedback aligned to the Standards of Effective Teaching Practice. The state has developed a rigorous process to support the tagging of evidence and scoring of teaching artifacts to determine how well aligned evaluators and observers are in their perceptions of instructional practice.