The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board Documents - March 2019

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA
Tuesday, March 26, 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 Download Word Document

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the February 12, 2019 Regular Meeting Download Word Document

Agenda Items:

  1. Family Engagement InitiativesDiscussion

  2. Chronically Underperforming Districts: Updates from ReceiversDiscussion

  3. Greenfield Virtual Commonwealth School: Renewal and Report on Probation Download Word DocumentDiscussion and Vote

    Attachment A: Renewal Inspection Report Download Word Document
    Attachment B: Summary of Review Download Word Document
    Attachment C: Terms of Certificate Download Word Document

  4. Student Assessment Updates:
    1. Next-Generation MCAS Tests and Standard Setting for Grade 10 English Language Arts and Mathematics — Discussion
    2. Next-Generation MCAS Achievement Level Descriptors for Grade 10 ELA and Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering — Discussion and Vote
    3. Planning for the Competency Determination for the Classes of 2023 and Beyond — Discussion
  5. Charter Schools and School Finance — Discussion

    Charter School Funding in Massachusetts Policy and Practice Download PowerPoint File

  6. District and School Accountability System: Potential ModificationsInitial Discussion

Other Items for Information:
  1. Report on Grants Download Word Document and Charter School Matters Approved by the Commissioner Download Word Document

    Charter Schools — Notification of Intended Actions Download Word Document
    Charter Schools — Approval of Loans beyond Charter Duration Download Word Document

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

Jeffrey C. Riley, Commissioner
Secretary to the Board

* 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: