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Public Comment on Proposed Amendment to Regulations on Accountability and Assistance for School Districts and Schools

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is soliciting public comment on a proposed amendment to state accountability regulations (603 CMR 2.00: Accountability and Assistance for School Districts and Schools). Among other matters, the regulations describe the Commonwealth's framework for district accountability and assistance and the process for issuing annual performance determinations for districts and schools. The proposed amendment would allow the Department to refrain from issuing new accountability determinations for districts and schools for school year 2020-2021. Instead of issuing new accountability determinations in fall 2021, the Department will use each district's and school's most recent accountability determinations (from 2019), to ensure that they continue to receive support as needed. The Department will resume its regular annual accountability reporting practices following the 2021-2022 school year.

Memorandum to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education — April 9, 2021 Download Word Document

603 CMR 2.00: Strikethrough version of regulations showing proposed amendment Download Word Document

The proposed amendment and related public comment will be shared with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for final consideration in June 2021.

We welcome your comments regarding the proposed amendment. Comments may be submitted via email to ElementarySecondaryEd.Act@mass.gov until May 28, 2021.

Massachusetts' 2020-2021 Federal Accountability Waiver

In April 2021, as a result of the cancellation of the spring 2020 MCAS testing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requested and received a waiver of certain federal accountability requirements for the 2020-2021 school year from the United States Department of Education (USED).

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Massachusetts' Accountability Waiver Request
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Waiver Request Approval Letter

General Information

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2020 Accountability and Assistance for Districts and Schools: Frequently Asked Questions
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Summary of the District and School Accountability System
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One-Page Summary of Massachusetts' Accountability System - For Parents


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One-Page Overview of Accountability Indicators

Supporting Materials

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Video: Massachusetts' Next-Generation Accountability System
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Massachusetts' District and School Accountability System
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School Leader's Guide to the 2019 Accountability Determinations
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Glossary of Accountability Reporting Terms
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Accountability Determinations and Required Actions

Technical Documents

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Establishing the Lowest Performing Students Group
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List of Advanced Courses for Accountability Reporting
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Target Setting Methodology
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2019 Criteria for Awarding Points for Progress Toward Improvement Targets
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Replacing Medians with Means When Summarizing MCAS Student Growth Percentiles

2019 Lists

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2019 Accountability Determinations for Districts and Schools
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2019 School Percentile Research File
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2019 Subgroup Percentile Research File
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2019 Criterion-Referenced Points Research File

To request archived accountability materials and lists, please contact the Office of District and School Accountability Reporting.

Last Updated: April 21, 2021

 
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