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Notice of Public Comment for Proposed Amendments to 603 CMR 7.00

Pursuant to its authority under M.G.L. c. 69, § 1B, and in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, M.G.L. c. 30A, § 3, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is soliciting public comment on a proposed amendment to 603 CMR 7.00, Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval Regulations.

The proposed amendment would create opportunities to pilot and learn from alternative assessments for licensure that will promote equitable access for qualified educators to earn an educator license. The proposed amendment is designed to identify, pilot, and learn more about alternative ways to assess new educators' knowledge and skills; be responsive to feedback from the field; and maintain a high standard for assessing educators' knowledge and skills.

Copies of the proposed amendment are available on the Department's website, or by calling 781-338-6220. The Department has issued a survey to collect public comment that will also be available on our website. In addition, written comments on the proposed amendment may be submitted by mail to:

Educator Effectiveness
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
by fax to: 781-338-3395
by e-mail to:

(please include "Public Comment" in the subject line).

The deadline for submission of public comment is March 13, 2020. The Board is expected to vote on the proposed amendment at its regular monthly meeting scheduled for April 28, 2020.

Last Updated: February 12, 2020

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