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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.

Council Members

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 ColemanDean and Professor of Counseling and Human DevelopmentBoston University School of Education
John D'AuriaPresidentTeachers21
Jason DeFalcoChief Academic OfficerNew Bedford Public Schools
Samuel DePInaAdministrator of OperationsBoston Public Schools
David KranePrincipalMcCarthy-Towne School (Acton, MA)
Meg Mayo-BrownSuperintendentBarnstable Public Schools
Kathryn McDermottAssociate Professor of Education and Public PolicyUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
Paul SchlichtmanArlington School CommitteeLowell Public Schools
Mary SkipperSuperintendentSomerville Public Schools
Elizabeth Shevlin TripathiEducation Policy SpecialistMassachusetts Teachers Association
Jacob WaahPresidentVictory Home Healthcare, Inc.
Jason WilliamsVice President of Expansion and External Affairs;
Massachusetts Executive Director
Stand for Children

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

ESE Staff Contacts

Erica Gonzales, Liaison to the Council
Lise Zeig, Associate Commissioner

Meeting Minutes

View HTML Page
January 20 AAAC Meeting Agenda
Download MS WORD Document
AAAC Notes October 26, 2016
Download Powerpoint Presentation
AAAC Presentation October 26, 2016
Download Zip File
Archived Meeting Minutes Academic Year 2015-2016
Download Zip File
Archived Meeting Minutes Academic Year 2014-2015
Download Zip File
Archived Meeting Minutes Academic Year 2013-2014

Last Updated: January 18, 2017
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