Commissioner's Weekly Update - September 20, 2013
2013 MCAS Results:
This week, ESE released the statewide and school and district results of the spring 2013 administration of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). There is plenty of good news from these results, including: (1) the majority of Level 4 schools made substantial gains; (2) students at grade 10 achieved at record levels in English language arts, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering; and (3) students in Lawrence, which is operating under state receivership, made strong gains since last year, particularly in mathematics. Statewide, 500 schools were classified as Level 1 for meeting all of their performance benchmarks, including gap narrowing goals.
The credit for the strong results we continue to experience in classrooms across the Commonwealth belongs to the students and educators who are working tirelessly to meet our high expectations and high standards. Our work continues to ensure that all students experience the same level of success. We should all take pride in these results and our commitment to seeing all students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, careers, and life.
Board to Meet on September 23-24:
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet on September 23 and 24 in Malden. At the special meeting on Monday evening, the Board will review and discuss the statewide results of the 2013 MCAS tests and school and district accountability determinations. On Tuesday, which is the Board's annual meeting, members will elect a vice-chair for the 2013-14 year. The Board will hear an update on the state's new educator evaluation system and take an initial vote on a proposed technical amendment to the educator evaluation regulations. The Board will also hear updates on the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and on the Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) initiative. The Board will discuss and vote on new regulations on background checks for school employees and hold an initial discussion on the process and timelines for the state Fiscal Year 2015 budget.
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