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Massachusetts ESSA State Plan Draft

From the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education The draft of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan has been posted on the Executive Office of Education’s website. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education welcomes your comments, and asks that you use this survey to provide feedback so that all of your thoughts can

Next Generation Education Accountability in Springfield

Recapping Our Fourth Community Conversation

Gateway City leaders from the Pioneer Valley came together on Thursday to talk about how education accountability can help advance our shared vision for educational excellence in inclusive urban districts. Building on the conversation at our New Bedford forum earlier in the week, lots of interesting points were made for state policymakers to consider as

Next Generation Education Accountability in New Bedford

Recapping Our Third Community Conversation

Gateway City leaders from the South Coast gathered on Monday for a conversation on the power of education accountability to advance a shared vision for educational excellence in inclusive urban districts. With the proposed ESSA implementation framework DESE shared with the state board last week, this conversation took on added urgency. As we’ve made our

Accurately measuring a school’s contribution to student growth

ESSA Strategy Call

Our first weekly ESSA Strategy Call focused on Gateway City priority 1: A formal accountability system that creates a level playing field for urban districts when describing performance by isolating each school’s contribution to student learning.  Accurately capturing school performance is largely about the model Massachusetts adopts to statistically control for demographic variation across schools.

Hardworking Gateway City Citizens

The Gateway Cities Journal

President Obama’s parting plea to work collaboratively as citizens to address hard issues had to resonate with Gateway City leaders, who never shy from this civic responsibility. Together, they grapple with the toughest problems and try to find commonsense solutions. In just the past two days, we’ve witnessed two great examples. Wednesday, at the first

Next Generation Education Accountability in Lowell

Recapping our Second Community Conversation

Gateway City leaders from the Merrimack Valley gathered yesterday for a conversation on the power of education accountability, and how change brought about by the impending implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can help advance the Gateway City vision for educational excellence. While many themes similar to those surfaced in Worcester were discussed, here are

Jobless rates dropping all over MA

Of 10 metro areas in US with biggest declines, 7 from Bay State

NEW ECONOMIC DATA suggest the state’s labor market is nearing full capacity, which is translating into employment gains across the state and not just in metropolitan Boston. A group of Massachusetts economists released a MassBenchmarks report on Wednesday suggesting tight labor market conditions are likely to lead to worker shortages in some occupations and high

MassINC Year In Review

Looking back at our work in 2016

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! 2016 has been an incredible year for the MassINC family which includes our Policy Center, CommonWealth magazine and the MassINC Polling Group. Please take a moment to look through the highlights of substantive research, civic events, and journalism from 2016 and consider making a year-end donation that will help us

Activists interrupt criminal justice meeting

Advocates worried reform bill won’t address sentencing issues

CHANTING “JOBS NOT JAIL,” advocates for criminal justice reform briefly disrupted the final meeting of a state criminal justice policy commission today, part of a growing chorus of voices expressing concern that state leaders are preparing to put forward legislation that won’t include major changes to sentencing laws. The protest came as advocates and lawmakers

Next Generation Education Accountability in Worcester

Recapping the Conversation

Worcester leaders gathered last Thursday for a spirited conversation on the opportunity that the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents to help Gateway Cities realize their vision for educational excellence. Here are four takeaways from their dialogue: A measure that “raises the bar” is critical. When urban students see that they can meet the highest

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