Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Massachusetts Adopts Revised English Language Arts Standards!!!

This morning, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted unanimously to adopt revised learning standards in math and in English language arts and literacy.
In English language arts and literacy, the changes include:
         Multiple cross-references to make the reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language standards more coherent;
         Instructional examples and samples of student writing from Massachusetts classrooms to clarify the meaning of the standards; and
         An explanation of how literacy instruction — particularly in the early elementary years — is intertwined with mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and other subjects in a well-balanced curriculum.

Stay tuned for opportunities to learn more about the implementation of the revised standards coming soon from ESE!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Three Professional Development Opportunities from OELAAA

OELAAA is happy to announce an opportunity for qualified K-12 instructional coaches and teachers to apply for a seat in no-cost courses sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE):
  • Integrating SEI into Literacy Coaching - For Literacy and SEI/ELL Coaches 
  • Integrating SEI into Mathematics Coaching - For Math Coaches
  • Six Standards of Effective Pedagogy in SEI Literacy and Math Instruction - For math teachers and teachers responsible for literacy instruction

The coaching courses are based on the Six Standards of Effective Pedagogy Coaching Framework, and are part of the state’s Extending the Learning phase of RETELL. They focus on the roles of the coach in supporting, expanding, and sustaining effective standards-aligned practices and SEI practices both, in diverse classrooms with ELLs, and supporting long-term integration of sheltered instruction into core instruction through instructional coaching.

The companion teacher course prepares teachers to use enduring principles of learning to shelter instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in Pre-K-12 classrooms. 

Priority will be given to applicants applying together to take the course as a Coach/Teacher team.

Application deadline: March 1, 2017

Course dates: June 21-30, 2017 (coaches), June 21-27, 2017 (Teachers) 

View application information on the MATSOL website...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Next Generation MCAS Practice Tests POSTED!

Finally, the moment many of you have been anxiously waiting for, the Assessment Team at ESE is pleased to announce that the majority of the Next Generation MCAS ELA practice tests and draft rubrics have been posted! To access these resources, click here: http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/tutorial/practice-tests-ela/

 The practice tests are currently available in two formats: paper-based tests (PBT) and computer-based tests (CBT).   Grades 7 & 8 should be posted within the next week.  

Monday, January 23, 2017

Next Generation MCAS Resource Center

Next Generation MCAS has recently launched their resource center  to provide access to test administration, information, training, practice tests and additional resources to help educators and administrators as they prepare for the Next Generation MCAS. The site is currently under construction, but keep checking back as ESE continues to actively add resources. The gain access to the resource center, click here.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Applications for 2017 FOCUS Academy Courses Now Being Accepted

Applications for participation in the spring semester for ESE's Focus Academy are now being accepted. The Massachusetts FOCUS Academy (MFA) is offering ten (10) graduate level online or hybrid courses for this spring. These classes are at no cost to eligible districts. ESE requires each educator interested to provide a statement of support from their supervisor/principal declaring that the course is aligned with the educator's and school's professional development plan. This statement of support should be uploaded as part of the educator's application.

FOCUS Academy Courses this spring include:
  • Assessment of Students with Disabilities who are English Language Learners
  • Assessment of Students with Disabilities who are English Language Learners II - Case Studies
  • Collaborative Co-teaching: Meeting the Needs of All Students
  • Creating and Sustaining Positive School-Wide Learning Environments
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Partnering with Families of Middle and High School Students with Disabilities
  • Partnering with Families of Preschool and Elementary School Students with Disabilities
  • Universal Design for Learning: Addressing Learner Variability 101
  • Universal Design for Learning: Mathematics Instruction 201
  • Universal Design for Learning: Student Affect and Engagement 201
For more information, eligibility and to apply, click here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Annual Instructional Support Convening Registration is Now Open!

New for school year 2016-2017, the Center for Instructional Support has combined the Annual Fall Summit and the Annual Spring Convening!  The new Annual Instructional Support Convening will continue to feature great topics to assist educators and districts to ensure all students have access to high quality instruction, effective educators, and opportunities for success during and beyond their K-12 experiences. Registration is now open.

C&I Annual Convening
Ensuring Every Student Succeeds: Setting Ambitious Expectations

Date & Time:  Tuesday, February 14th and repeated on Wednesday, February 15th
                      Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
                      Program: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752

Participants: The program will be the same both days; district and organization teams should coordinate their attendance and are welcome to attend on the same or different day.
Each person must register individually.

Districts: Districts are invited to bring a team of 4, including school leaders, district leaders, and other members of the superintendent's choosing.
  • Statewide Organizations: Statewide organizations are invited to bring a team of 4.
  • Educator Preparation Programs: Ed prep programs are invited to bring a team of 2. 

Please note:  Due to space limitations, walk-in participants will not be admitted.

Please contact your Superintendent’s office for registration information

Monday, December 12, 2016

Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) Puts Massachusetts among Top Nations!

The 2015 results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) have just been released. They report that if Massachusetts were a nation, we would be among the top spots in reading alongside eight other nations worldwide. In science, Massachusetts student's shared the second place spot with 10 other nations and in math Massachusetts followed closely behind 11 other nations.
Last year, over 500,000 students from across the globe participated in PISA, including more than 5,700  from the United States. Massachusetts was one of only two states that participated in order to receive state level results in comparison to nations worldwide.  
Governor Charlie Baker commented, "I'm thrilled to see Massachusetts students rank among the top performers in the world in reading, math and science. The Commonwealth is proud of our longstanding commitment to education, and as we continue to compete in a global economy, it is great to see our students perform well on an international stage."
To see more results from the report click here.