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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

2011 ELA and Math Framework Revision Update

Proposed Changes to ELA and Math Standards Available for Public Comment:

This week the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to release for public comment new drafts of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy (ELA/Literacy) and Mathematics. Comments may be made from December 1, 2016 through February 17, 2017 through an online survey. Educators interested in learning more about the proposed changes to the Frameworks are encouraged to check out the ELA/Literacy and Math Standards Review page on ESE’s website or sign up for one of ESE's Office Hours sessions scheduled throughout the comment period.