Monday, July 25, 2016

Next Generation MCAS Update

The review panel for the Next Generation MCAS has decided to continue with the MCAS tradition of untimed tests in grade 3-8 ELA and math for Spring 2017.  While districts that took PARCC in 2014, 2015 or 2016 experienced timed assessments, all districts will take untimed MCAS assessments in Spring 2017.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

EWIS Updates

In the most recent Commissioner's Update (see below), a new EWIS student report, soon to be released, was outlined.  To access this new report, and other EWIS student reports, districts and schools need to make sure that their SIMS and other student collection data is up to date.

Districts/Educators will have access to a new student level report in the next release of the Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS), the EWIS Postsecondary Readiness model. The new model is being developed by ESE, with funding from the US Department of Education, to provide risk levels for high school students related to meeting postsecondary outcomes. The expanded EWIS will use data on the higher education outcomes of students who previously graduated from high school in the Commonwealth. For more information on EWIS, please visit

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinet Accepting Applications through Aug. 1st

Applications for the Department’s Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinet and Applications for the Student Teaching Partnership Consortium are open until August 1st .

The Advisory Cabinet is open to teachers and school-based administrators.

Members of ESE’s Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinets provide crucial feedback and input on ESE policies and resources! Members increase their knowledge of state education policies, build relationships with educators across the state, and position themselves as go-to resources and leaders in their districts. Additionally, members will work closely with ESE staff on a year-long project aligned with a key educator effectiveness initiative.

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Applications are open to all district and charter school teachers and school-based administrators.