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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.

FY2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

DateTimeLocation
October 11, 20179:30 AM - 12:30 PMBest Western Marlborough, Marlborough Room,
181 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough, MA 01752
December 13, 20179:30 AM - 12:30 PMBest Western Marlborough,
181 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough, MA 01752
March 7, 20189:30 AM - 12:30 PMBest Western Marlborough,
181 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough, MA 01752
May 30, 20189:30 AM - 12:30 PMBest Western Marlborough,
181 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough, MA 01752

Council Members

NameTitleInstitution
Valerie AnnearDirector of Curriculum, Instruction, and AssessmentEast Longmeadow Public Schools (East Longmeadow, MA)
Erica BrownChief of Policy and PracticeMassachusetts Charter Public School Association
Ethan CancellExecutive Director, Assessment, Accountability, Technology and Student Data ResearchBrockton Public Schools
Hardin ColemanProfessor of Counseling PsychologyBoston University School of Education
Jason DeFalcoChief Academic OfficerNew Bedford Public Schools
Samuel DePinaAdministrator of OperationsBoston Public Schools
Ranjini GovenderExecutive DirectorStand for Children Massachusetts
David KranePrincipalMcCarthy-Towne School (Acton, MA)
Meg Mayo-BrownSuperintendentBarnstable Public Schools
Kathryn McDermottAssociate Professor of Education and Public PolicyUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
Julia MejiaFounder and DirectorCollaborative Parent Leadership Action Network (CPLAN)
Paul SchlichtmanArlington School CommitteeLowell Public Schools
Mary SkipperSuperintendentSomerville Public Schools
Elizabeth TripathiEducation Policy SpecialistMassachusetts Teachers Association
Jacob WaahPresidentVictory Home Healthcare, Inc.

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.

ESE Staff Contacts

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

Meeting Materials and Minutes

Download MS WORD Document
AAAC Notes October 11, 2017
Download PowerPoint Presentation
AAAC Presentation October 11, 2017
Download MS WORD Document
AAAC Notes June 1, 2017
Download Powerpoint Presentation
AAAC Presentation June 1, 2017
Download MS WORD Document
AAAC Notes April 12, 2017
Download Powerpoint Presentation
AAAC Presentation April 12, 2017
Download MS WORD Document
AAAC Notes January 20, 2017
Download Powerpoint Presentation
AAAC Presentation January 20, 2017


Last Updated: November 7, 2017
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