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Notice of Public Comment: Federal Assessment and Accountability Waiver

Due to the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has offered flexibility to all states regarding certain assessment and accountability requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In March, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) received a waiver of federal assessment and accountability requirements for the 2020 school year. This waiver, along with additional state legislation enacted in April, allowed Commissioner Riley to cancel this spring’s regular administration of grade-level MCAS tests for students in grades 3–10.

We welcome your comments regarding our request for and receipt of this federal waiver. Comments may be submitted via email to esea@doe.mass.edu until June 15, 2020.

General Information

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2020 Accountability and Assistance for Districts and Schools: Frequently Asked Questions
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Summary of the District and School Accountability System
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One-Page Summary of Massachusetts' Accountability System - For Parents


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One-Page Overview of Accountability Indicators

Supporting Materials

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Video: Massachusetts' Next-Generation Accountability System
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Massachusetts' District and School Accountability System
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School Leader's Guide to the 2019 Accountability Determinations
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Glossary of Accountability Reporting Terms
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Accountability Determinations and Required Actions

Technical Documents

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Establishing the Lowest Performing Students Group
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List of Advanced Courses for Accountability Reporting
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Target Setting Methodology
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2019 Criteria for Awarding Points for Progress Toward Improvement Targets
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Replacing Medians with Means When Summarizing MCAS Student Growth Percentiles

2019 Lists

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2019 Accountability Determinations for Districts and Schools
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2019 School Percentile Research File
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2019 Subgroup Percentile Research File
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2019 Criterion-Referenced Points Research File

To request archived accountability materials and lists, please contact the Office of District and School Accountability Reporting.

Last Updated: May 14, 2020

 
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