Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2013 Cohort Graduation Rate and Annual Dropout Rate Reports Available

In last week’s Commissioner’s Update, ESE announced that school and district leaders now have access to final 2013 cohort graduation rate and 2013 annual dropout rate data on the Security Portal. ESE anticipates releasing the data publicly later this month. The data are embargoed until the public release. This data will factor into the 2014 accountability determinations for high schools and for districts.

The update states “As a reminder, the corrections to these data were welcomed during the October SIMS submission and will no longer be accepted. Please remember that cohort graduation rate and annual dropout rate data are strictly embargoed until the Department's public release. If you have questions, please contact Rob Curtin at 781-338-3582.”

Friday, January 3, 2014

ESE Seeking Input on State's Accountability System

ESE has posted a survey about the ESEA waiver, seeking feedback from stakeholders about what changes might be made to further improve the state's accountability system. Parents, teachers, district and school administrators, school committee members, students, and other community members are encouraged to respond. The following information is posted on the survey site:

“In February 2012, Massachusetts received a waiver of certain requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act). This waiver allowed the state to revise its school and district accountability system in exchange for implementing several key initiatives:
* College- and career-ready expectations for all students;
* Differentiated recognition, accountability, and support for schools and districts;
* New approaches to educator evaluation and support; and 
* Reducing duplication and unnecessary burden on school districts.

This winter Massachusetts will apply to extend its ESEA flexibility waiver, and we are seeking feedback from stakeholders about what changes we might make to further improve our accountability system. We will be reaching out to parents, teachers, district and school administrators, school committee members, students, and other community members.

This survey will be open until January 10, 2014. Your input will be used to inform the proposal to be submitted for federal review at the end of February 2014. Your individual responses will be kept confidential, and only a summary of the results will be reported.

If you have questions about Massachusetts' ESEA flexibility waiver, please email esea@doe.mass.edu. If you have questions about this survey, please email research@doe.mass.edu.”

Happy New Year to all!