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Commissioner's Weekly Update - November 4, 2016

Survey Open on History and Social Science Framework Revision:

Later this school year, ESE will embark on the revision of the 2003 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. The Department has named 44 panelists to serve on the panel that will recommend revisions to that document. While the panel includes representatives from higher education and nonprofit and community organizations, the majority of panelists are educators currently serving in pre-K–12 districts in the Commonwealth.

The panel will meet for three full-day sessions between January 1 and June 30, 2017 to develop recommendations for revising the framework. The Department is hoping educators and others will help inform that work by offering comments on and suggested revisions to the current framework via a survey. The survey will take approximately 10–20 minutes to complete and will remain open until February 6, 2017.

Additional information regarding the revision of the Framework is available at

School and District Report Cards Coming Soon:

Updated school and district report cards, including assessment data and other indicators, will be available on ESE's School and District Profiles website later this month. As a reminder, districts receiving Title I funds are required to distribute report cards annually to all parents or guardians of students enrolled in district schools. Once available, districts will be asked to distribute report cards by the end of December.

Public Forums on Changes in Light of the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act:

The Department continues to seek input on possible changes to the Massachusetts' accountability system and other aspects of education in light of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As ESE starts to draft the Commonwealth's ESSA plan, ESE will hold five public forums to gather feedback. Register here for one of the following events, all of which will run from 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, November 14, second floor of the Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury
  • Monday, November 21, Oak Middle School, 45 Oak St., Shrewsbury
  • Tuesday, November 29, Brockton High School, 470 Forest Ave., Brockton
  • Thursday, December 1, Holyoke High School, 500 Beech St., Holyoke
  • Tuesday, December 6, Collins Middle School, 29 Highland Ave., Salem

ESE Resource Center

Nonresident Vocational Technical Students: The Office for College, Career, and Technical Education has posted revised guidelines for the vocational technical education program nonresident student tuition process pursuant to M.G.L. c.74 and the Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Education Program Nonresident Student Tuition Application. Both reflect the changes to the Vocational Technical Education Regulations (603 CMR 4.00) that went into effect in March 2015, and both documents can be found at

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Last Updated: November 4, 2016
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