Commissioner's Weekly Update - April 11, 2014
Educator Evaluation Spring Convening:
The Department will host the Educator Evaluation Spring Convening on May 28-29 in Marlborough. The program is identical over the two days to allow as many individuals as possible to attend. Commissioner Chester will provide opening remarks, and breakout sessions will focus on issues including District-Determined Measures (DDMs), student feedback, and evaluator calibration. The breakout sessions will also allow for district presentations and time for district teams to plan for implementation in 2014-15.
Superintendents received an email reminder today with registration links so they can sign up teams by the May 9, 2014 deadline. Districts are encouraged to bring four-person teams that include a district leader, school leader, union representative, and another individual chosen by the superintendent. Teams should plan to attend the convening on the same day. Due to space constraints, we will not accept same day, onsite registration. For more information on the convening, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/resources/convening/spring.html or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Note:
Please note that the cherry sheet estimates for charter school tuition assessments and reimbursements, which were issued by the Department of Revenue this week following the release of the House Ways and Means budget, do not reflect the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's recent charter authorizing decisions or the pre-enrollment reports that we have just received from charter schools. The Department will post updated projections shortly on our website to assist you in your budget discussions.
Student Discipline Data:
The Department has recently released 2012-13 aggregate student discipline data for the state and individual districts and schools on School/District Profiles. The data, collected by the Department through the School and Safety Discipline Report (SSDR), shows the rates of different suspension types and is filterable for subgroups and offense types. We will publish the data annually to meet the requirements of the new student discipline law. To view the data, go to http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/ssdr.aspx.
SEI MTEL Exam – Available in June 2014:
The Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) test is one pathway that educators can pursue, at their own expense, to obtain the SEI Endorsement. Registration for the newly developed, computer-based SEI MTEL test will begin on May 7, 2014, and testing will begin on June 9, 2014. To register, go to the MTEL program website at http://www.mtel.nesinc.com and select "Register Now" from the top navigation. Test takers will tentatively receive scores beginning in early September. For more information on the SEI MTEL, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/retell/. Preparation materials are available online at http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA_testobjectives.asp.
Commissioner's School Visits:
This week, Commissioner Chester visited the Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington and the Helen Keller Elementary School, Annie Sullivan Middle School, and the site of the new high school in Franklin.
For Your Info:
- In the News: Recent stories of interest include a Lowell Sun story about the important role education plays in improving Gateway cities, articles on the new fingerprinting system for school employees that appeared in the Springfield Republican and the Eagle-Tribune, a Boston Globe story on efforts to preserve the dual language program at the Dever School in Boston, and an op-ed from Linda Noonan, executive director of the MA Business Alliance for Education, that appeared in the MetroWest Daily News.
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