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Commissioner's Weekly Update - October 11, 2013

Upcoming Edwin Workshop:

In November, ESE will host a workshop on Edwin, the Commonwealth's new teaching and learning platform launched last winter. ESE developed Edwin to provide educators with tools, resources, and reports to improve teaching, learning, and educational outcomes. We will offer the workshop on five different occasions at various locations across the Commonwealth. The workshop will provide participants with an overview of the entire Edwin platform, both Analytics and Teaching and Learning, and include new features that we will release this fall. Hands-on sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to use a variety of the platform's components. ESE designed the workshop for four-person teams of district personnel, and no prior experience with Edwin is required in order to participate. To see the workshop agenda and learn how to register, go to

Reminder about Anti-Hazing Law Requirements:

Each secondary school principal is required to certify annually on or before Oct. 1 that the school has met the requirements of the anti-hazing law. By Nov. 1, ESE must notify the Attorney General of any school that has not filed a report with ESE as required. Information related to this requirement as well as the forms necessary to complete your school's Anti-Hazing Report are available at Schools should send the Anti-Hazing Report directly to or fax it to 781-338-3710. Schools are not required to submit the Student Group Anti-Hazing Form, but should keep the form for their records. If you need assistance, please contact Doreen Donovan-Barbera at 781-338-3725 or Nermina Peric at 781-338-3708.

Board to Meet on October 22:

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet on October 22 in Malden. The Board will continue its discussion of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and have the opportunity to look more closely at prototype assessment items. The Commissioner will update the Board on the draft revisions to the Commonwealth's science curriculum standards and present a plan for an extended period of review. The Board will also hear an update on the high school equivalency credential, discuss next steps with schools that are on track for a Level 5 designation, consider several charter school items, and hold an initial discussion on its Fiscal Year 2015 budget recommendation.

For Your Info:

  • Presidential Scholars Program: ESE is seeking nominations for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. All Massachusetts high school students graduating between January and August of 2014 and who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, who attend a Massachusetts public or private high school, are eligible. Each school may nominate one female student and one male student. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership; school and community involvement; and may receive discretionary points for extraordinary achievement, heavy work load, family responsibilities, or obstacles overcome. For more information and the nomination forms, go to
  • SchoolSpeedTest Month – Reminder: If you have not yet participated in the SchoolSpeedTest, we encourage you to do so by logging onto a school computer and going to For more info, see the Sept. 27 Weekly Update.

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Last Updated: October 15, 2013
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