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Commissioner's Weekly Update - November 2, 2012

Update on the 180-Day Requirement:

To ensure the health and safety of students and staff during this week's hurricane, Governor Patrick requested that all schools and early education programs close on Monday, Oct. 29. While the decision whether or not to close school for the day is a local matter, given the Governor's directive, we have received inquiries asking whether schools will have to make up the lost day. In accordance with the Massachusetts Student Learning Time regulations, ESE's policy states that all days lost to health, weather, or safety emergencies between the first day of school and March 31 must be made up by rescheduling full school days to ensure a 180-day school year.

ESE will not entertain any waiver requests at this time. For more info on the student learning time requirements, go to

November is Family Literacy Month:

The Patrick-Murray Administration has proclaimed November 2012 to be the Commonwealth's 16th annual Family Literacy Month in recognition of the pivotal role that parents and family members play in the educational success of their children. Family Literacy Month is sponsored by the Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium (MFLC), a group comprised of state agencies, community organizations, parents, and providers to expand and strengthen family literacy and support. For more info on MFLC, go to For a list of Family Literacy Month events, go to

ESE Staff Updates:

Dr. Jonathan Landman joined ESE on Oct. 30 as an assistant commissioner, reporting to Senior Associate Commissioner Bob Bickerton. Across his 24 years as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent, Jonathan has focused on improving curriculum and instruction and enhancing teaching and learning. He most recently served as superintendent of schools in Hopkinton and assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Randolph. Jonathan will bring his knowledge and experience to the work of a number of ESE offices and centers, including the Centers for Curriculum & Instruction; Student Assessment; Vocational, Workforce, College & Career Readiness; and the Office of Digital Learning and Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement.

For Your Info:

  • Given the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, ESE has extended the dates for make-up testing for the November 2012 MCAS retest administration through Thursday, Nov. 15. The new deadline for the return of all test materials via UPS is Friday, Nov. 16. Please contact Student Assessment Services at 781.338.3625 with any questions.


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Last Updated: November 2, 2012
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