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Commissioner's Weekly Update - October 7, 2016

2016 Annual Dropout and Cohort Graduation Rate Data – Ready for Review:

The Department has posted 2016 annual dropout and cohort graduation rate data in the Security Portal for districts to review and make corrections to individual student data. Aggregate rates have not yet been provided. The Department will not accept corrections through email or over the phone. The only mechanism to make corrections to these data is through the October SIMS submission. The Department will make final dropout and graduation rates publicly available in January 2017 once the October 2016 SIMS data have been certified, and the calculations have been completed.

Data are located under "Dropout Data Summary Report" and "Graduation Rate Reports" in the Security Portal. These applications can be accessed with a username, password, and the SIMS Data User role. Anyone with questions on the correction process should contact their data collection support specialist. The deadline to correct or update these data coincides with the October SIMS submission deadline, which is October 27, 2016.

Future Ready Summit Focused on Personalized Learning:

District teams are invited to the free Boston Future Ready Summit on November 14-15, 2016 at the Education Development Center, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham. Future Ready Schools, an organization supported by the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education, assists districts in implementing digital learning strategies to help personalize education.

The Alliance is hosting the Boston Summit in partnership with ESE's Office of Digital Learning. At the summit, participants will develop a vision for personalizing learning, create an action plan, and receive assistance from regional experts. Registration is open online, as is the Future Ready Pledge for superintendents.

Clean Energy Activity Day Program:

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a publicly-funded agency, is accepting applications for the Clean Energy Activity Day Program, which funds a one-day, specialized Clean Energy Activity Day for elementary and middle school students.

Successful applicants will propose a one-day Clean Energy Activity Day event that will include a hands-on learning opportunity for students at either the students' current place of education or a clean energy business or organization. The event will be geared towards one of two age groups: kindergarten-fourth grade or fifth to eighth grade.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center anticipates awarding up to 10 "Clean Energy Day" events up to $8,000 per application for school day events or up to $10,000 per application for Saturday events.

Applications for this request for proposals are due at by 4 p.m. December 2, 2016.

ESE Resource Corner

Educator Effectiveness e-Newsletter: Current and archived editions of the Educator Effectiveness e-Newsletter are available online. The most recent edition includes information about the Massachusetts Plan for Equitable Access to Excellent Educators and links to online courses on foundations for inclusive practice. Newsletters from other offices within ESE are also available online.

For Your Info:

  • College, Career, and Technical Education webinars: The Office for College, Career, and Technical Education is sponsoring monthly webinars on a variety of topics related to preparing all students for college and careers. The first webinar, "Implementing Individual Learning Plans," will be offered from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, October 18. Registration and a list of the webinars are available online.
  • Governor's visit to Holyoke High School: On October 4, 2016, Governor Baker, Secretary Peyser, and Commissioner Chester visited Holyoke High School with state Sen. Donald Humason, Mayor Alex Morse, and members of the Holyoke School Committee. Governor Baker visited a U.S. history class and participated in a roundtable discussion with Holyoke students and educators (including Receiver Stephen Zrike Jr. and Holyoke High Principal Stephen Sullivan) about dual enrollment and the redesign of Holyoke's secondary schools. A video about the governor's visit is available on the Holyoke Public Schools website.
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognize youth volunteers in grades 5-12 and are soliciting applications through November 8. Award recipients will be announced February 7 and brought to Washington in May for four days of special recognition events. Application materials are available at the link above and by calling (877) 525-8491.
  • Massachusetts residents appointed and reappointed to the National Assessment Governing Board: U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. recently appointed state Rep. Alice Peisch of Wellesley, who co-chairs the state legislature's Joint Committee on Education, to the National Assessment Governing Board, which helps set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Andrew Ho, a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been reappointed, and Commissioner Chester continues to serve on the board.
  • Enrollment projections: The National Center for Education Statistics has released "Projections of Education Statistics to 2024," which provides national and state data on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures for the past 15 years and projections to year 2024.

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Last Updated: October 11, 2016
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