The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board Documents - October 2017

Special Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
DESE, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA
Monday, October 23, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  1. 2017 Student Performance Results - Discussion

  2. 2017 School and District Accountability Determinations - Discussion

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
DESE, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Comments from the Chair
Comments from the Commissioner
Comments from the Secretary
Statements from the Public*


Meeting Minutes Download Word Document

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the September 26, 2017 Regular Meeting.

Agenda Items:

  1. Election of Board Vice-Chair - Discussion and Vote

  2. Update on Commissioner Search - Discussion

  3. Recap of October 23 Special Meeting: 2017 Student Performance - Discussion

  4. Update on Interim Standard for the Competency Determination for the Classes of 2021 and 2022 - Discussion

  5. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education FY19 Budget Proposal and Report from the Board's Budget Committee - Initial Discussion

  6. Level 5 Schools: First-Quarter FY2018 Reports - Discussion

  7. Report on Educator License Actions - Discussion

Other Items for Information:

  1. Report on Grants Approved by the Commissioner

  2. Report on Scheduling of Comprehensive Audits and Reviews

  3. Update on School Breakfast Programs

Board Members

Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner
Secretary to the Board

* The Board welcomes public comment on matters within its purview. Accordingly, the Board will make available a period at its regular meeting for persons in the audience to address the Board for no longer than 3 minutes. Written material of any length may be submitted. Preference will be given to persons who seek to address the Board on specific agenda items for the upcoming Board meeting. Agendas for upcoming Board meetings are generally posted 5 days prior to the meeting on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's website. Persons wishing to speak are strongly encouraged to submit their request before the day of the meeting; contact information is provided below. Preference will be given to those who submit requests by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the regular Tuesday meeting. If time permits, the chairman will allow members of the public who have not contacted the Department in advance to speak in the public comment period; those individuals must sign in prior to the start of the meeting. The chairman may limit the number of speakers due to time constraints and may increase or reduce the time allocated per speaker. While there is no requirement to submit written testimony, a speaker who elects to do so should submit 15 copies of the testimony prior to or at the meeting for distribution to Board members. Requests to address the Board, written testimony, and other inquiries may be transmitted by mail, e-mail, fax, or telephone to: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-338-3112, Fax: 781-338-3770, E-mail:

*Note for public comment on October 24, 2017:
The Board has launched a nation-wide search for a new commissioner to succeed the late Mitchell Chester. The Board welcomes public input about the search, including suggestions about the qualifications candidates should possess. Such input may be submitted to for review. In addition, the Board will welcome public comment on the search at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Malden.