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Commissioner's Weekly Update - August 30, 2013

2013-14 EWIS Data:

ESE has now posted 2013-14 Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) data to Edwin Analytics, which districts access through the Security Portal. The three reports available for all students enrolled in grades 1-12 include a Student List (EW601), a District View (EW301), and a Graphical View (EW302) that includes longitudinal trends. Users may filter each report to examine a specific school, grade level, and/or student group. EWIS, a free tool that every public school district in the Commonwealth may access, identifies whether students are likely to persist and to meet relevant academic goals throughout their academic trajectory. If you have any questions, please contact the Edwin team at

Spring 2014 PARCC Field Test - Upcoming Teleconferences:

ESE will hold four upcoming teleconferences for districts notified last week of their selection for the spring 2014 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) field test. On the teleconferences, ESE staff will answer questions about the field test, confirm schools' participation, and review technology requirements for schools selected to participate in computer-based testing. Superintendents, district technology directors, and test coordinators may register for and take part in the teleconferences, which will take place at the following dates and times:

  • September 9, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • September 9, 2013, from 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • September 10, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • September 10, 2013, from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Next week, we will email district leaders with information on how to register for these teleconferences. Due to capacity limitations for the calls, we encourage individuals from the same district to participate using the same telephone line (e.g., together in an office on a speakerphone) when this is feasible and convenient. As a reminder, Pearson, the field test contractor for PARCC, will email sampled districts by Sept. 4 to provide additional details about the test administration, including the names of individual schools selected to participate.

For Your Info:

  • NAGB Seeks Nominations: The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), is seeking help to identify potential qualified candidates to fill five board vacancies next year. The terms begin October 1, 2014 in these five categories: (1) Secondary school principal; (2) Fourth-grade teacher; (3) Eighth-grade teacher; (4) Chief state school officer; and (5) General public representative (by law, general public representatives cannot be employed by a local, state, or federal educational agency). The U.S. Secretary of Education will appoint new members from a list of finalists submitted by NAGB. To learn more about the nomination process, go to


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Last Updated: September 12, 2013
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