Monday, September 28, 2015

2015 Annual Fall Convening Registration is Open

Registration ins now open for the 2015 Annual ESE Fall Convening. The theme for this year will be Education Next....Supporting Student Learning. The conference will be held on October 27th and repeated on October 28th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Marlborough, MA.

As in previous years, districts may send a District Team (no more than 8), approved by the district's Superintendent to attend. District Teams should choose the day most convenient for them to attend, as the program will be repeated on the second day. Examples of members of a District Team may include:
  • Superintendents
  • Assistant Superintendents
  • Curriculum Coordinators/Directors
  • Special Education Administrators
  • Arts Coordinators/Directors
  • ELL Coordinators/Directors 
  • Principals
  • Other District Leaders/Administrators
Click here for a detailed description of presenters and breakout sessions.
To register, please contact your district office for the registration link information.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

MCAS Data Released

Today the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the 2015 MCAS results for schools and districts participating in last year. As announced earlier this week, the percentage of students scoring Proficient or higher on the MCAS rose when compared to 2014 data.
Both Governor Charlie Baker and ESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester commented, on the growth. "Massachusetts is a national leader in education, and these scores reflect that strength," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Our administration will continue working to ensure all students have access to strong schools that will prepare them for college and careers."

"The state test results provide valuable information for parents and districts about student learning," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester.  "I commend the Commonwealth’s teachers and administrators for these improved achievement results. The gains reflect our schools’ efforts to improve teaching and learning for all students."

To view school or district results, visit For more information on MCAS, see


PARCC results are scheduled to be released later this fall. Once released both MCAS and PARCC will be used to determine this year's accountability results, to be released in the early winter. The BESE (Board of Elementary and Secondary Education) will vote on whether the state will move forward with PARCC or MCAS in November.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Literacy Instruction for ELLs- Free Workshop

Are you interested in learning how to administer the Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI) and the Quick Phonics Survey (QPS) to gather information on the specific skills students need to make progress in reading? If so, the Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA) is sponsoring a FREE workshop where participants will receive professional development on how to administer the QRI and QPS to ELLs. In addition, attendees will then learn how to use the data collected to make instructional decisions and plan daily lessons in the classroom. This workshop is focused on ELL students in grades 3 and above.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 10:00am to 12:00 Noon
Place: Wellesley Public Library, Wakelin Room

Please RSVP to Pam Shufro if you are interested in attending.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

EWIS Training Opportunities

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  in conjunction with the ESE College and Career Readiness unit will be hosting a series of EWIS (Early Warning Indicator System) training webinars throughout the school year. Webinars will be held monthly (with the exception of December) from 3:00 - 4:00pm addressing the following topics:

September 15, 2015: Edwin: EWIS and Post Secondary Reports
October 13, 2015: 9th Grade Transition
November 17, 2015: Labor Market Information
January 12, 2016: Individual Learning Plans
February 9, 2016: Graduation Rates
March 8. 2016: Career Development Education
April 13, 2016: Dropout Prevention: Maximizing Graduation Coaches and other Adult Advocates
May 10, 2016: Early College Pathways

The first session, held next week, is a basic introduction to EWIS and Post-Secondary Reports in Edwin Analytics. EWIS details risk levels for students not making certain academic outcomes in grades 1-12. Post-Secondary Reports are intended to look at the post-secondary educational outcomes for students graduating from high school.

To register for one of the webinars, or to learn more information about a specific topic click on the topic above to bring you directly to the sign up page. If you have any questions, please contact Nyal Fuentes, College and Career Readiness Specialist at 781-338-3593