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Commissioner's Weekly Update - September 21, 2012

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting Next Week:

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet on Sept. 24-25 in Malden. During the Monday evening special meeting, the Board will review and discuss the recently released results of the 2012 MCAS administration and the new accountability report cards under the state's NCLB flexibility waiver. At Tuesday's regular meeting, the Board will hear updates on the implementation of the new educator evaluation system and the Lawrence Public Schools receivership. The Board will also discuss and cast initial votes on proposed new regulations on educational collaborative and on an amendment to the educator licensure regulations to create a new transition specialist endorsement. The Board will take a final vote on amendments to the school finance regulations. View the agenda at

Update on Educator Evaluation:

ESE has made a number of new resources available to support district implementation of education evaluation, and more are on their way. Here are some available resources:

  • Information on Approved Vendors and ESE Subsidies: To support Race to the Top districts in providing the evaluation training modules, ESE is providing a one-time discount of $1,500 per eligible team toward vendor delivery of educator evaluation training modules. More info on this subsidy and a list of pre-approved vendors are available online at
  • Training Materials for Evaluator and School Leadership Training: Training Modules 1-5 are available online at
  • Guidance on Selecting District-Determined Measures: Part VII of the Massachusetts Model System, Rating Educator Impact on Student Learning Using District-Determined Measures of Student Learning, is available online at

2012 MCAS Results:

With this week's release of 2012 school and district MCAS data, local school district officials ran more than 17,000 reports to view their official data without any major system problems. Kudos to ESE's technology and data staffs who have worked hard to increase the capacity of our data warehouse to keep up with your increasing use.

School districts received John and Abigail Adams Scholarship letters for students in the class of 2013 along with the MCAS Parent/Guardian Reports. Please make copies of the Adams Scholarship letters for your files and distribute the original letters to eligible students as soon as you can. Students should keep their letters in a safe place. In order to use the scholarship, students will need to send a copy of their letter to the financial aid office of the Massachusetts college or university they plan to attend.

For Your Info:

  • On August 6, 2012, Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 222 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Relative to Students Access to Educational Services and Exclusion from School. You can view the law at The law takes effect on July 1, 2014. The law amends the sections of Chapter 71, 71B, and 76 related to student suspensions/expulsions and requires schools districts to continue to provide educational services to the student during the period of suspension or expulsion. ESE will provide guidance and reporting requirements on the law later this year.
  • SAVE THE DATE - The 5th annual Summit on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment will be held on Nov. 13th and repeated on Nov. 14th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Marlborough. This year's focus will be Raising the Rigor for Teaching and Learning. More info on registration will be sent to superintendents in early October.
  • For the first time, Massachusetts will participate in the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools recognition program. The award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and delivering effective environmental and sustainability education that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), civic skills, and green career pathways. If your school is interested in participating, you can find more information online at
  • Children's Trust Fund (CTF) has released a new manual, "Designing and Implementing a School Reporting Protocol: A How-To Manual for Massachusetts Educators," to assist school administrators in establishing an effective protocol to prevent, recognize, and address child abuse and protect children. The manual can be found on CTF's website at


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Last Updated: September 21, 2012
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