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The Board of Education Advisory Councils

School and District Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council

The 15-member Advisory Council on School and District Accountability and Assistance (AAAC) advises the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on matters pertaining to the development and implementation of the Commonwealth's School and District Accountability and Assistance system. To accomplish that goal, the Council:

  • Reviews and advises the Department and Board on the policies and practices of the Center for School and District Accountability.
  • Develops and administers through the Department a post-audit survey of audited school districts and an annual survey to any schools and districts receiving technical assistance.
  • Presents its findings and recommendations to the Board at least two times annually.
  • Reviews and comments on all regulations relative to the accountability and assistance program areas before Board approval.

The Board appoints members of the Advisory Council upon recommendation of the Commissioner. The Commissioner must recommend:

  • 6 members selected from among three nominees offered by identified stakeholder groups:
    • Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
    • Massachusetts Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers of Massachusetts
    • Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association
    • Massachusetts Elementary Principals Association
    • Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and
    • Massachusetts Charter Public School Association
  • 1 representative of business/industry with a "demonstrated commitment to education "
  • 8 at large members with "demonstrated record of achievement or academic expertise" in areas related to accountability and assistance.

The council is expected to meet at least four times annually.

FY2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

DateTimeLocation
October 11, 20189:30 AM – 12:30 PMBest Western Marlborough, Marlborough Room,
181 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough, MA 01752
December 5, 20189:30 AM – 12:30 PMBest Western Marlborough, Marlborough Room,
181 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough, MA 01752
March 20, 20199:30 AM – 12:30 PMBest Western Marlborough, Room TBD,
181 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough, MA 01752
May 29, 20199:30 AM – 12:30 PMBest Western Marlborough, Room TBD,
181 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough, MA 01752

Council Members

NameTitleInstitution
Valerie AnnearChief Instructional OfficerHolyoke Public Schools
Erica BrownChief of Policy and School SupportsMassachusetts Charter Public School Association
Ethan CancellExecutive Director, Assessment, Accountability, Technology and Student Data ResearchBrockton Public Schools
Hardin ColemanProfessor of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development, Dean EmeritusBoston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development
Jason DeFalcoSuperintendentBlackstone-Millville Regional School District
Samuel DePinaOperational SuperintendentBoston Public Schools
Ranjini GovenderExecutive DirectorStand for Children Massachusetts
David KranePrincipalMcCarthy-Towne School (Acton, MA)
Kathryn McDermottProfessor of Education and Public PolicyUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
Julia MejiaFounder and DirectorCollaborative Parent Leadership Action Network (CPLAN)
Paul SchlichtmanPast PresidentMassachusetts Association of School Committees
Mary SkipperSuperintendentSomerville Public Schools
Elizabeth TripathiEducation Policy SpecialistMassachusetts Teachers Association

Council Charge

The statutory Charge of the Council

The Commissioner's specific charge to the Council is to continue to advise on Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5 school and district planning, and targeted assistance strategies.

The AAAC members reflect a broad range of experience and expertise and they have served the council well. Individuals who are interested in bringing similar insight and experience to this advisory group are encouraged to send a letter of interest and resume to Erica Gonzales, staff liaison to the AAAC, at egonzales@doe.mass.edu.

DESE Staff Contacts

Erica Gonzales, Liaison to the Council
Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner

Meeting Materials and Minutes

Download Word Document
AAAC Meeting Notes October 11, 2018
Download PowerPoint File
AAAC Presentation October 11, 2018
Download Word Document
AAAC Meeting Notes May 8, 2018
Download PowerPoint File
AAAC Presentation May 8, 2018
Download Word Document
AAAC Meeting Notes December 13, 2017
Download PowerPoint File
AAAC Presentation December 13, 2017
Download Word Document
AAAC Meeting Notes October 11, 2017
Download PowerPoint File
AAAC Presentation October 11, 2017


Last Updated: November 1, 2018
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