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Commissioner's Weekly Update

2017

  • April 14, 2017

    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    Student Government Day
    Picture of the Week
    RETELL Extending the Learning Mini Courses
    Next-Generation MCAS Resources
    New Function Included in Directory Administration
    Educator Licensure & License Renewal Proposed Regulation Changes
    Registration Open for May 8 Civics Literacy Conference
    For Your Info:
    • Nutrition grants available

  • April 7, 2017

    Preventing and Addressing Bias-Based Incidents in Schools
    Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan
    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
    Charter School FY18 Pre-Enrollment Report Posted
    Opportunity for Special Education Directors
    Special Education Leadership Institutes
    Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
    Registration Open for May 8 Civics Literacy Conference
    Private School Ombudsman
    For Your Info:
    • Nutrition grants available
    • School Innovation and Change Awards

  • March 31, 2017

    Board Adopts Revised English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Standards
    State to Subsidize STEM AP Exams for Low-Income Students
    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    MCAS Participation
    Board Approves Next-Generation MCAS Descriptors
    Massachusetts ESSA Plan
    Registration Open for May 8 Civics Literacy Conference
    Adult Basic Education Grants Coming Up
    For Your Info:
    • Breakfast grants available

  • March 24, 2017

    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    School Climate Questionnaire Included with MCAS
    Reminder about Federal Budget Discussions
    Community forum with Commissioner Chester
    Save the Date: Civics Literacy Conference May 8
    For Your Info:
    • Social studies conference
    • Save the date: Bias-Based Incidents in Schools
    • Outstanding principal award
    • VISTA: Educator voices were heard!
    • USED IDEA website

  • March 17, 2017

    Expediting Educators' Licenses for Military Personnel and Spouses
    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    • Test Administration Manuals Available to Download
    • Reminder to Administer an Infrastructure Trial for Computer-Based Testing
    Instructional Technology Specialist Subject Matter Knowledge Panel
    School Choice Reminder
    For Your Info:
    • Women's History Month
    • Literacy Awards

  • March 10, 2017

    Educator Evaluation Amendments
    Early Literacy Institute
    Digital Literacy and Computer Science Framework Implementation Panel
    Nominations Open for History, Math and Science Teacher Recognition Programs
    Workforce Skills and STEM Pathways Announcements
    Pilot on Early Childhood Data
    Last Call on VISTA Surveys
    For Your Info:
    • Free device and wireless service opportunity

  • March 3, 2017

    Graduation Rate Grows for 10th Year in a Row
    Massachusetts ranked top state
    Educator Evaluation Changes
    Three New Charter Schools Approved
    Public Comment Open on Proposed Changes to 2017 District and School Accountability
    Attorney General's Advisory on Serving Students Regardless of Immigration Status
    ESSA's Limit on Alternate Assessments
    VISTA is still open!
    For Your Info:
    • School breakfast grant opportunities

  • February 24, 2017

    Massachusetts Tops on Advanced Placement Exams
    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    Preview of Next-Generation MCAS Score Release Timeline
    Transgender Guidance
    Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Opportunity
    For Your Info:
    • Town hall forum in Upton next month
    • New college access and completion programs
    • Grant opportunity for cross-generational learning

  • February 17, 2017

    Good News on School Breakfast
    Commissioner Recommends Three New Charter Schools
    Teacher Pipeline Partnership Grants Announced
    VISTA: Educator Voice Matters
    For Your Info:
    • Annual convening
    • Educational and research institutions awarded $39 million in capital grants
    • After-the-bell breakfast opportunity
    • Senior Associate Commissioner joins Chiefs for Change

  • February 10, 2017

    Every Student Succeeds Act Draft Plan Available for Comment
    E-rate Application Window and Webinar Opportunity
    Guide for School Personnel on MassHealth Behavioral Health Services for Children and Youth
    VISTA Survey Window is Closing Soon
    Student Government Day Updates
    For Your Info:
    • Secretary DeVos' remarks

  • February 3, 2017

    Commendation School Ceremony
    Governor's Letter on Immigration and Refugee Executive Order
    ESSA-Related Guidance on Students in Foster Care
    Next-Generation MCAS Practice Tests Available
    Preparing for Summer Meals
    VISTA is off to a Great Start!
    For Your Info:
    • Phishing warning
    • Literacy and humanities opportunity

  • January 27, 2017

    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Chapter 70 Estimates Available
    Changes to Charter School Tuition Assessment Schedule
    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    • Practice Tests Coming for Next-Generation MCAS
    • Update on Computer-Based Testing Choices
    VISTA: We Want to Hear from You!
    Survey on the Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework Revision
    Survey on the Massachusetts English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Framework Revision
    For Your Info:
    • We the People competition
    • Licensure office hits record numbers

  • January 20, 2017

    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    VISTA Survey Window is Open
    Massachusetts FOCUS Academy Courses Open
    Community Forum in Fitchburg
    Mini-Grants Available for Healthy Eating Initiatives
    For Your Info:
    • Staff member appointed to national board
    • U.S. Department of Education School Ambassador Fellowship
    • Arbor Day Poster Contest
    • AMP it up! Video Challenge
    • RMV has expanded language options

  • January 13, 2017

    New Skills for Youth Grant Announcement
    Massachusetts Teacher Named Finalist for National Teacher of the Year
    Teacher of the Year and History Teacher of the Year Programs Open for Nominations
    Instructional Support Convening
    Registration for High School MCAS Tests and Retests
    VISTA Survey
    Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
    Early Literacy Institute
    E-rate Invoice Deadlines Approaching
    Advanced Placement Exam Fee Subsidies
    Student Government Day 2017
    For Your Info:
    • Eos awards for school breakfast participation
    • We the People competition
    • Peer reviewers needed for ESSA state plans

  • January 6, 2017

    Education Week's Quality Counts Rates Massachusetts Best in Nation
    Office Hours on Proposed Revisions to ELA and Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks
    Special Education Professional Development Survey
    Survey on History and Social Science Framework Revision
    ESE Resource Corner
    Guidance on Rights of Students with Disabilities
    Resources to Help Students Transition out of Juvenile Justice Settings
    For Your Info:
    • Including data from commonwealth virtual schools for the school-attending children report
    • Last call for DEP assistance program for lead in school drinking water

2016

  • December 23, 2016

    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Including Data from Commonwealth Virtual Schools for the School-Attending Children Report
    For Your Info:
    • RMV expands language options

  • December 16, 2016

    Commonwealth Commitment
    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    New Application for Critical Shortage Waivers
    Seeking Public Feedback on Next-Generation MCAS Achievement Levels
    MAPLE Consortium Launch
    New Grant Opportunity for STEM Educators
    For Your Info:
    • National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

  • December 9, 2016

    PISA Results Put Massachusetts among Top Nations
    Recovery High Schools — Proposed Regulations
    Resources for Science and Technology/Engineering MCAS
    Maximize Bandwidth on a Budget
    Technology Readiness Survey for Schools with Wi-Fi Needs
    For Your Info:
    • Improving Middle and High School Writing
    • The Big Read

  • December 2, 2016

    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Recap
    Survey on History and Social Science Framework Revision
    Public Lookup Tool for Licensure
    Technology Readiness Survey for Schools with Wi-Fi Needs
    Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students
    ACCESS for ELLs Results, Standard Setting, and 2016-2017 Revised Reclassification Criteria
    Trainers Available for Course on Pre-K and Kindergarten Social and Emotional Standards
    ESE Resource Corner
    • MCAS Training
    For Your Info:
    • Dissemination Fair
    • More STEM internships
    • Financial Education Fairs
    • Turnaround in Lawrence

  • November 18, 2016

    Messages from Commissioner Chester
    2016 School & District Report Cards Available for Distribution
    Understanding the Impact of Poverty on Student Outcomes
    Voluntary Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Question Tryout for Grades 5 and 8
    Discipline Data Released
    Charter School Hearings Scheduled
    Additional Money for Drinking Water Tests
    ESE Resource Center: Science Ambassadors available
    Tool for Getting More Bandwidth on a Budget
    Next-Generation Test Designs and Other Information Now Available
    For Your Info:
    • Hour of Code

  • November 4, 2016

    Survey Open on History and Social Science Framework Revision
    School and District Report Cards Coming Soon
    Public Forums on Changes in Light of the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act
    ESE Resource Center
    • Nonresident Vocational Technical Students

  • October 28, 2016

    Dissemination Fair Opportunity
    Board Sets Implementation Date for 10th Grade Next-Generation MCAS
    Board Discusses Revisions to Learning Standards
    Save These Dates
    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    Public Forums on Changes in Light of the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act
    Student Government Day
    ESE Resource Corner
    • Induction and mentoring report
    For Your Info:
    • Farm-to-School Month
    • Poetry Out Loud

  • October 21, 2016

    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    Public Forums on Changes in Light of the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act
    Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
    Early Learning Focus Groups for Principals
    DEP Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water Deadlines
    ESE Resource Corner
    • Year Ahead document
    For Your Info:
    • Accounting opportunity for students
    • Guidance on early education and providing a well-rounded education
    • Veterans Day resources

  • October 14, 2016

    2016-2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominations
    Reminder: MCAS Mode Selections, Requests for Extensions, and Waiver Requests Due Today
    ESE Resource Corner
    • Social and emotional learning page
    Student Assessment Update
    Global Assessment and Learning Network Opportunity

  • October 7, 2016

    2016 Annual Dropout and Cohort Graduation Rate Data — Ready for Review
    Future Ready Summit Focused on Personalized Learning
    Clean Energy Activity Day Program
    ESE Resource Corner
    • Educator Effectiveness e-Newsletter
    For Your Info:
    • College, Career, and Technical Education webinars
    • Governor's visit to Holyoke High School
    • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
    • Massachusetts residents appointed and reappointed to the National Assessment Governing Board
    • Enrollment projections

  • September 30, 2016

    Blue Ribbon Schools
    2016 Assessment and Accountability Results Released
    Broadband Help
    Pre-K and Kindergarten Screening Survey
    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Student Government Day
    For Your Info:
    • Federal charter school grant
    • Workforce skills grants
    • Update on charter school proposals
    • History —social science specialist

  • September 23, 2016

    Assessment and Accountability Data
    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    Massachusetts FOCUS Academy Courses Open
    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    • Standard Setting Policy Committee
    • Technology
    Licensure Survey
    Reminder about Anti-Hazing Law Requirements
    For Your Info:
    • Guidance on English language learners
    • Advanced Placement grant

  • September 16, 2016

    Updated assessment participation data available
    Substance Use Prevention and Substance Abuse Education: Action Required by October 28, 2016
    Public Employees and Political Activity
    Preparing for Spring 2017 Testing
    Encouraging Regionalization
    Organizational Update
    For Your Info:
    • Board agenda

  • September 9, 2016

    Planning for Computer-Based Testing in 2017
    Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant & Loan Program — Application Posted
    Technology Funding for Charter Schools, Educational Collaboratives, Approved Special Education Schools, and Nonprofits
    Save the Date: Boston Future Ready Summit November 14–15
    For Your Info:
    • Letters about Literature
    • U.S. Education and Justice departments issue letters on school resource officers
    • Additional learning time grants announced

  • September 2, 2016

    Highlights of Changes to McKinney-Vento under ESSA
    District-Educator Preparation Partnership Innovation Grant
    Information Sessions on Safe and Supportive Schools Grant
    For Your Info:
    • Intergenerational Awareness Month

  • August 26, 2016

    Preliminary Accountability Data
    Early Warning Indicator System Data for 2016-17 Available
    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    • Existing 10th Grade MCAS May Continue an Additional Year
    Update to the Board
    Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
    Massachusetts ACT Scores at Top of Nation
    Online Courses on Foundations for Inclusive Practice
    For Your Info:
    • Constitution Day
    • Back-to-school resources from the U.S. Department of Education and others
    • Every Kid in a Park

  • August 19, 2016

    Next-Generation MCAS Contract Awarded
    Charter School Applications
    ESE Resource Corner
    • Back-to-school pamphlet for parents
    For Your Info:
    • Reminder: Webinars on school technology funding and free broadband support

  • August 12, 2016

    Special Education Leadership Institutes
    Reminder on Preliminary 2016 MCAS Results
    Reminder: Webinars on School Technology Funding and Free Broadband Support
    For Your Info:
    • Municipal reform bill
    • Providing behavioral supports to students with disabilities
    • Back-to-school video

  • August 5, 2016

    Preliminary 2016 MCAS Results
    Webinars — School Technology Funding and Free Broadband Support
    Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) Release Update
    Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)
    For Your Info:
    • Reminder

  • July 29, 2016

    Comments on the Every Student Succeeds Act Regulations
    Substance Use Policies — Submission and Guidance
    For Your Info:
    • Guidance on homeless children and youth

  • July 22, 2016

    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    • Untimed Tests for Spring 2017
    • Standards Review Panel
    MSBA Announces Technology Infrastructure Partnership Loan Program
    After School and Out-of-School Time Grant Opportunity
    Reminder about Criminal History Checks and Reporting Requirement
    U.S. Department of Education Notice
    Ambassadors for Equitable and Inclusive Practice
    Massachusetts College Access Celebration
    For Your Info:
    • Resources for humanities education
    • Zika guidance
    • Inspiration

  • July 15, 2016

    Superintendents' Checklist
    Summer Meals Month
    MA Selected to Participate in the CASEL Collaborating States Initiative
    New Skills for Youth Career Readiness Initiative
    Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) Release Update
    Grant Assurances Document
    Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

  • July 8, 2016

    2016-17 Superintendents' Checklist
    Grant Assurances Document
    Reminder about Directory Administration
    For Your Info:
    • Help Mass.gov improve

  • July 1, 2016

    Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards
    Special Education Professional Development Institutes
    Conference Call Opportunity on Broadband Upgrades for Massachusetts Schools
    Public Comment Period Open on Proposed Regulations for Every Student Succeeds Act
    Common Core Ballot Initiative Rejected
    2016-2017 Charter School Initial Waitlist Report
    For Your Info:
    • Women Leaders in Education Conference
    • Massachusetts student recognized
    • President's Education Awards Program

  • June 24, 2016

    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    • Phase-in Plan for Computer-Based MCAS Testing
    • Workgroup Recommendations
    • Test Content Review Panels
    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    For Your Info:
    • Student filmmakers release new video to introduce their "best selves" to the community
    • Southbridge Turnaround Plan released

  • June 17, 2016

    Ceremony to Honor Educators
    Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant
    School Discipline Professional Learning Community
    Gender Equity in Career and Technical Education
    Changes to the PARCC Partnership Resource Center
    ESE Resource Corner
    • Standards Review Webpage

  • June 10, 2016

    Understanding the Impact of Poverty on Student Outcomes
    Note about Spring 2016 PARCC and MCAS Data
    Substance Use Prevention and Substance Abuse Education Policies
    Accountability and Assistance System Feedback Opportunity
    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    • Assessment calendar reminder
    • Learning standards survey
    For Your Info:
    • Summer meals
    • World War I studies
    • Website survey

  • June 3, 2016

    Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
    Learning Standards Survey
    Out-of-School Time Funding Priorities and Alignment Survey
    Update on SAFIS Background Checks
    For Your Info:
    • Social and emotional learning grant opportunity

  • May 27, 2016

    Follow up on the First Annual Civics Literacy Conference
    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meetings
    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    For Your Info:
    • Foster Care Transition Toolkit
    • Emergency management virtual toolkit
    • President's Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring

  • May 20, 2016

    Spring Convening Wrap-Up
    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    Safeguarding Student Data
    Applications for Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinets due May 31
    Access to affordable health care available through the Health Connector
    Help Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water
    For Your Info:
    • Twitter chat on distributed leadership

  • May 13, 2016

    Guidance on Civil Rights of Transgender Students
    Conference on Civic Engagement and Learning
    Charter School Opportunities
    Feedback Sought on Autism Endorsement
    CASEL Collaborating States Initiative on Social and Emotional Learning
    Go Higher! Opportunity for High Schools
    Public Comment Sought on Rescinding Obsolete Regulations
    ESE Resource Corner
    • Office of Digital Learning blog
    For Your Info:
    • Assessment schedule for 2016-17
    • Student poem from Teacher of the Year ceremony
    • Investing in Innovation Development grants

  • May 6, 2016

    Teacher Appreciation
    U.S. Presidential Scholars
    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    • Release of 2016-2017 Testing Schedule
    • RFRs Received
    • Learning Standards survey
    2016 AP Exam Fee Subsidy Program
    Community Eligibility Provision Information
    Online Training for Mandated Reporters
    2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Curriculum Framework Update
    Save the Date: Conference on Civic Engagement and Learning
    ESE Resource Corner
    • Educator Effectiveness e-Newsletter
    For Your Info:
    • Fuel Up to Play 60 Nutrition Equipment Grant

  • April 29, 2016

    Accountability and Assistance System Feedback Opportunity
    Save the Date: Inaugural Conference on Civic Engagement and Learning
    Help Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water
    Hold Harmless Policy for Scores, not Participation
    Notice of Bidders' Conference for Career and Technical Education Partnership Grant
    RETELL
    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Spring Convening Reminder
    Eagleton School Update
    For Your Info:
    • "Knowing My Rules for Safety" poster

  • April 22, 2016

    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    Green Ribbon Schools Winner
    Staff Promotions
    For Your Info:
    • Teach Western Mass

  • April 15, 2016

    Materials from Joint MASS-ESE Technology Conference
    Reminder: School Technology Survey
    FY2016 E-Rate Filing Window for Schools and Districts Extended
    Training Opportunity: Standards for Social Emotional Learning and Approaches to Play and Learning
    Northborough Teen in White House Science Fair
    Summer Food Service Program
    Next-Generation MCAS Update
    • Recruitment for MCAS Assessment Development Committees
    • Learning Standards survey
    ESE Resource Corner
    • Training on Multi-Hazard Planning for Schools



Last Updated: April 19, 2017
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