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.
|Valerie Annear||Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment||East Longmeadow Public Schools (East Longmeadow, MA)|
|Erica Brown||Chief of Policy and Practice||Massachusetts Charter Public School Association|
|Ethan Cancell||Executive Director, Assessment, Accountability, Technology and Student Data Research||Brockton Public Schools|
|Hardin Coleman||Dean and Professor of Counseling and Human Development||Boston University School of Education|
|Jason DeFalco||Chief Academic Officer||New Bedford Public Schools|
|Samuel DePIna||Administrator of Operations||Boston Public Schools|
|David Krane||Principal||McCarthy-Towne School (Acton, MA)|
|Meg Mayo-Brown||Superintendent||Barnstable Public Schools|
|Kathryn McDermott||Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy||University of Massachusetts Amherst|
|Paul Schlichtman||Arlington School Committee||Lowell Public Schools|
|Mary Skipper||Superintendent||Somerville Public Schools|
|Elizabeth Shevlin Tripathi||Education Policy Specialist||Massachusetts Teachers Association|
|Jacob Waah||President||Victory Home Healthcare, Inc.|
|Jason Williams||Vice President of Expansion and External Affairs;|
Massachusetts Executive Director
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESE Staff Contacts
Erica Gonzales, Liaison to the Council
Lise Zeig, Associate Commissioner
January 20 AAAC Meeting Agenda
AAAC Notes October 26, 2016
AAAC Presentation October 26, 2016
Archived Meeting Minutes Academic Year 2015-2016
Archived Meeting Minutes Academic Year 2014-2015
Archived Meeting Minutes Academic Year 2013-2014