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Mitchell Chester was commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from May 2008 until his untimely death from an illness in June 2017.

Commissioner Chester began his career as an elementary school teacher in Connecticut and became a middle school assistant principal and district curriculum coordinator before joining the Connecticut State Department of Education, where he oversaw curriculum and instructional programs. In 1997, he was named the executive director for accountability and assessment for Philadelphia, and in 2001, he moved to Ohio, where he served as the senior associate superintendent for policy and accountability for the Ohio Department of Education.

During his time in Massachusetts, Commissioner Chester oversaw efforts to update learning standards and statewide assessments and improve the lowest performing districts.

The state works with local school districts and educators in your community to ensure that learning expectations are high for all students, that each classroom is led by an excellent educator, and that students are learning in a rich educational environment.

Learning Standards

Learning standards

The state, working with Massachusetts educators, establishes learning standards that describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level.

Student Testing

Student testing

State assessments help educators, parents, and policymakers determine where students are mastering the material and where they need additional help.

School And Program Option

School and program options

Because each student learns differently, we support a variety of school choices and educational options for K-12 students and adult learners.

School and Destrict Turnaround

School and district turnaround

When underperforming schools and districts aren't improving, we work with districts to better serve students.

School and Destrict Data

School and district data

The Department collects a wide range of data to help improve teaching and learning in Massachusetts schools.

Become an Amazing Educator

Become an aMAzing educator

Massachusetts is looking for inspired, innovative, and nurturing individuals to join our schools.

Education laws, regulations, & guidance

Federal and state education laws, regulations, and guidance and public records requests

Research & best practices

Recent research findings and best practices from Massachusetts schools and resources for district planning

Pathways to graduation and college & career readiness

Information on college and career readiness initiatives

Digital learning & technology

Digital learning and technology policy development; technology planning, readiness, and funding; and virtual schools

School monitoring & resolutions

Problem resolution process for complaints not resolved at the local level, monitoring of public schools and private approved special education schools

Adult education

No-cost basic educational services for adults, including high school equivalency/adult diploma programs

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370

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