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Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

Board Documents — September 2021

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
John W. McCormack Building*, Ashburton Cafe Conference Room (Room capacity for visitors is 25)
1 Ashburton Place, Plaza Level
Boston, MA 02108
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This meeting will be livestreamed at 9:30 a.m.
Livestream Link

Posted: 9/14/2021 11:20 a.m.

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


Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the June 22, 2021 Regular Meeting and the August 24, 2021 Special Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Election of Board Vice-Chair Discussion and Vote

  2. Update on School Reopening and Action Steps to Support Schools, Students, and Families Discussion
  3. Statewide Student Assessment (MCAS) Report Discussion
  4. Competency Determination :
    1. Update on Competency Determination Advisory Committee — Discussion
    2. Amendment to Competency Determination Regulations, 603 CMR 30.00 (Extending Interim Standard through Class of 2025) — Discussion and Vote to Adopt Final Regulation
    1. Redlined version of proposed amendment to 603 CMR 30.00
    2. Motion to adopt revised regulations

  5. Committee Report on Commissioner's Salary Discussion and Vote

  6. Education Budget Update — Discussion

Other Items for Information

  1. Report on Grants and Charter School Matters Approved by the Commissioner
  2. Annual Reports from 2020-2021 Advisory Councils to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Chair, Brookline
  • Mr. James Morton, Vice Chair, Boston
  • Ms. Amanda Fernández, Belmont
  • Mr. Matt Hills, Newton
  • Ms. Eleni Carris Livingston, Wellesley, Student Member
  • Ms. Darlene Lombos, Boston
  • Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
  • Mr. James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Milton
  • Mr. Paymon Rouhanifard, Brookline
  • Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington
  • Dr. Martin West, Newton

Jeffrey C. Riley, Commissioner
Secretary to the Board

* John W. McCormack Building follows the City of Boston mask requirement.

Please note the following information regarding entering the McCormack Building.

All visitors entering the McCormack Building are asked to present photo identification and to identify their destination in the building. The Security Officer will enter the information into the visitor management system and produce a temporary Visitor ID badge. Visitors must display their Visitor ID badge on their outer garment at chest level while in the building. Visitors will also be required to successfully complete the visitor screening process which includes the use of X-Ray machines and Magnetometers. (Additional detail is available at McCormack Building - Visitor Access Information.)

** 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 Chair 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 Chair 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.

Last Updated: September 21, 2021

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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