The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board Documents - January 2019

Special Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Monday, January 14, 2019, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


  1. Redesigned School and District Report CardsDiscussion

  2. Update on Automated Test ScoringDiscussion

  3. New Bedford Charter School Matters

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 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 of the Special Meeting January 14, 2019 Download Word Document

Meeting Minutes of the Regular Meeting January 22, 2019 Download Word Document

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the December 18, 2018 Regular Meeting Download Word Document.

Agenda Items:

Charter School Matters:
  1. Alma del Mar Charter School, New Bedford: Expansion Request Download Word DocumentDiscussion and Vote

  2. City on a Hill Charter Public School New Bedford: Charter RenewalDiscussion and Vote

  3. Information on New Charter Applicants; Overview of Process for New ChartersInitial Discussion

  4. Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School: Report on Probation Download Word DocumentDiscussion

  5. Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter School: Report on ProbationDiscussion and Vote

Other Items for Discussion:
  1. 2019 Accountability for High SchoolsDiscussion

  2. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Annual Report for FY 2018Discussion

Other Items for Information:

  1. Legislative Report: Education-Related Laws Enacted in 190th Legislative Session Download Word Document

  2. Chronically Underperforming Schools: 2nd Quarter FY 2019 Progress Reports Download Word Document

  3. Substituting a Computer Science Course for a MassCore Mathematics or Laboratory Science Course: Courses and Criteria for Inclusion

  4. Report on Grants Download Word Document and Charter School Matters Approved by the Commissioner

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

Jeffrey C. Riley, Commissioner
Secretary to the Board

Please note: The Board's regular meeting this month is on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. At its regular meetings, the Board welcomes public comment on matters within its purview. Accordingly, the Board makes available a maximum 30-minute period at its regular meetings 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: