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Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

Board Documents — September 2023

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Posted: 9/13/2023 11:20 a.m.; Amended: 9/14/2023 5:30 p.m.

Agenda amended September 14, 2023 to add item 7

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


Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the June 27, 2023 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Election of Board Vice-Chair Discussion and Vote

  2. Updated Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Framework Discussion and Vote
    Updated Revised Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Framework
  3. Historical Overview of MCAS and the Competency Determination Discussion
    Historical Overview of MCAS: where it started, where we have been, and where we are going
    Competency Determination: Overview and Impact

  4. 2023 State Assessment and Accountability Results Discussion
    2023 MCAS and Accountability Results

  5. Education Budget Update Discussion
  6. Follow-up on Commissioner's Evaluation Discussion and Vote

  7. Technical Amendment to Student Discipline Regulations, 603 CMR 53.05 Discussion and Vote

Other Items for Information:

  1. Report on Grants Approved by the Commissioner

  2. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools Activities for 2023–2024
  3. Charter School Authorizing Activities for 2023–2024
  4. Notification of Commissioner Approval of Loans Beyond Charter Duration

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Chair, Brookline
  • Mr. Matt Hills, Vice-Chair, Newton
  • Dr. Ericka Fisher, Worcester
  • Ms. Ela Gardiner, Wellesley, Student Member
  • Ms. Darlene Lombos, Boston
  • Ms. Farzana Mohamed, Newton
  • Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
  • Mr. Paymon Rouhanifard, Brookline
  • Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington
  • Dr. Patrick A. Tutwiler, Secretary of Education, Andover
  • Dr. Martin West, Newton

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 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 comments in writing, a speaker who elects to do so should submit 15 copies of their comments prior to or at the meeting for distribution to Board members. Requests to address the Board, written comments, 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, Email: . Please make any requests for special accommodations or interpretation services at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

Last Updated: September 20, 2023

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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