They are now TOMORROW:
10:00 am North vs South
12:30 pm Doherty vs Burncoat
At Foley Stadium
That the BESE, in accordance with 603 CMR 1.03(2), herby waive the amendments to 603 CMR 1.04(9), as adopted by the Board on March 25, 2014; the Board further directs the Commissioner to determine a ranking of districts based on the criteria in said regulations prior to adoption of said amendments solely for the purpose of determining whether the New Heights Charter School of Brockton application submitted in the 2014-15 application cycle may proceed;FIVE MINUTE
provided that this wavier shall apply only to applications for Commonwealth charter schools submitted during the 2014-15 application cycle
Mr. Wheeler will propose that the annual cap on spending for school Internet needs be raised by $1.5 billion, to $3.9 billion, according to an F.C.C. official who spoke on condition of anonymity but was authorized to release details of the proposal. The initiative is part of a continuing overhaul of the Universal Service Fund and its educational component, known as E-Rate.The proposal will be voted on December 11.
The text of the memo is here; Updated with text after the break:In response to feedback from the field, ESE is rescinding the draft policy options that proposed linking licensure to educator evaluation. A memo from Commissioner Chester explaining the decision is attached to this email. The memo also notes that ESE is still interested in suggestions about how to refine licensure. Department staff look forward to future conversations with educators about the topic.
What matters is how time is used, not just the addition of more time. Extended day schedules have been a critical part of successful school turnarounds when they have been used to support several effective practices. These practices include increased collaboration between teachers, more effective use of student data to target academic support, improved school leadership, and deeper partnerships with community organizations.And:
There are potential drawbacks with the strategy. These include the intense focus on test preparation that could be at the expense of broader learning, and the selection of kids based on better behavior and MCAS scores within range of proficiency. These students may not be representative of a wider population that also needs additional support. It also remains to be seen if gains from temporary academies will be retained over time.Plus:
Use of MCAS, PARCC or other standardized assessments is only one domain of outcomes to measure. Successful expanded learning initiatives have focused on health and wellness, built relationships between youth and caring adults, and provided hands-on career relevant learning opportunities.More time for more test prep is NOT the answer. It's a nuanced conversation; let's make sure we're having it.
As DESE generally doesn't post these updates until Monday, I've put the results of the survey here.Over the course of the 2014–15 school year, ESE will be conducting a multi-part study of assessment practices in Massachusetts districts. The study includes three components: statewide surveys conducted by ESE and phone interviews and case studies conducted by a research vendor. From Oct. 1-10, superintendents and charter school leaders had the opportunity to participate in a voluntary survey regarding their districts’ assessment practices. Results of that survey are attached. Similar questions are also being asked on the post-event survey from last week's fall summit in order to obtain feedback from a greater variety of perspectives.This winter, a research vendor will conduct phone interviews with staff in 40 to 60 districts to learn more about what types of assessments districts require, how much time students spend participating in testing, and how districts schedule MCAS tests. During the winter and spring, the research vendor will also conduct case studies in four districts to create an inventory of assessment practices in each district, analyze the inventory with district staff, and identify potential recommendations and best practices around what an effective, balanced assessment system should look like. Each case study district will receive an individualized report to use as it reflects on and refines its assessment practices. Districts interested in being a case study participant should contact Carrie Conaway, Associate Commissioner for Planning, Research, and Delivery Systems, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On last night's agenda, we were asked to pass a contract with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a period of six years and $1.8 million. Per MGL Chapter 71, Section 50:Request that the Standing Committee approve the Administration’s recommendation to adopt “Go Math” to be implemented as a systemwide pilot program for 2014-15.Request that the Administration report back to the Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports, at the conclusion of the pilot program, as to whether or not “Go Math” should be recommended for adoption by the School Committee.
A change may be made in the school books used in the public schools by a vote of two thirds of the whole school committee at a meeting thereof, notice of such intended change having been given at a previous meeting.On my request, it was sent to Teaching, Learning, and Student Supports to be able to see the curriculum itself prior to purchase.
In 1995, he served as Under Secretary of Education and Special Assistant to the Governor for Charter Schools. He spent more than seven years as Executive Director of Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, where he helped to launch the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, which supported the development of the state’s first charter schools. Prior to joining Pioneer Institute, Jim held various positions at Teradyne, Inc. in Boston, an electronic test equipment manufacturer.asIn his role with NewSchools, Jim currently serves on the board of directors for Achievement First, New Schools for New Orleans, Success Charter Network, and Uncommon Schools. He is also chairman of the board of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). In June 2011, Jim was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.I would say that this is indicative.