percent on state standardized tests and/or those
with low participation rates and/or high schools
with low graduation rates for subgroups are rated
Level 3 or lower. Level 1 and 2 designations are
based on progress toward reducing proficiency gaps.
Designations of Levels 4 and 5 are at the discretion
of the commissioner of education. Under ESSA, the
state must identify the lowest-performing 5 percent of
schools at least every three years and identify schools
with low-scoring subgroups. At this time, it is unclear
how this change will affect the state’s rating system.
n Accountability Indicators: This is one
area where the state must modify its regulations.
Currently, the accountability system is heavily
weighted to test-score-related measures, though
graduation and dropout rates and English language
proficiency are also part of the formula in some
schools. Under ESSA, at least one indicator of
school quality — such as measures of student
engagement or access to advanced coursework —
must be included. However, all such measures of
school quality must account for less than half of the
n School Improvement Grants. Funds for this
program will be consolidated into a bigger Title I
pot. Overall, states are expected to receive about the
same amount of resources for school improvement
that they do now. Federal intervention models such as
transformation or restart are no longer required. States
will establish their own models.
“The new law doesn’t reduce testing and by
itself it doesn’t lower the stakes on tests that must
be given,” said Madeloni. “It does shift the locus
of some decision-making back to the states. We
need to work together to shift it even further —
back to districts, schools and classrooms. Teachers
know a lot more about what our students need than
policymakers in Washington, on Beacon Hill or in
Malden do. We shouldn’t be running victory laps
just yet, but we should see this as an opportunity to
accelerate our efforts to reclaim public education.”
MTA PRECONVENTION MEETINGS SET FOR APRIL
R egional preconvention meetings have been set for elected delegates to the 2016 MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates. At these preconventions, the delegates will receive
information and materials critical to their decision-making on
Each meeting is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m., with
registration starting at 4.
The following is a list of locations and dates for the 2016
n Thursday, April 7: Central Region, Best Western Royal
n Tuesday, April 12: Northeast and Metro Regions, Crowne
Plaza Boston-Woburn, Woburn.
n Thursday, April 14: Western Region, Hadley Farms Meeting
n Tuesday, April 26: Southeast Region, Holiday Inn Taunton-Foxboro, Taunton.
n Thursday, April 28: Cape Cod and Islands Region, Cape
Codder Resort, Hyannis.
The Annual Meeting of Delegates will be held May 13 and 14
at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Further information
will be provided to delegates as it becomes available.
Are you or a family
Call 800.286.6149 for more information
or to register for the program.
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