The agenda has been posted for the February 27-28, 2017 Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting in Malden.

This month, BESE will be voting on approval of new charter schools and charter school expansions, new descriptions for test score levels on MCAS tests, changes to the educator evaluation system and regulations for recovery high schools. There are also votes to send draft changes on educator licensure out for public comments.

The actual BESE meeting documents are not yet posted online as of today (Feb 23), but they should be available at the BESE meeting website soon. Note: The Policy Minute will be sharing updates and supporting documents on individual agenda items as they become available. Follow our posts with the BESE tags. 

Full Agenda

Special Meeting -Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m

Recommendations for New Charter Schools (Hampden Charter School of Science West, proposed location Westfield; Map Academy Charter School, Plymouth; Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School, Sturbridge) – Discussion and Vote

Proposed Amendments to Existing Charters (Alma del Mar Charter School, New Bedford; Community Charter School of Cambridge, Cambridge; Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, Hadley; UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester (Horace Mann), Boston) – Discussion and Vote

Report on Conditions for New Heights Charter School of Brockton – Discussion and Vote

TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School Renewal – Discussion and Vote

Regular Meeting – Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Comments from the Chair
Comments from the Commissioner
Comments from the Secretary
Statements from the Public

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the January 23, 2017 Special Meeting, January 24, 2017 Joint Meeting with Board of Higher Education, January 24, 2017 Regular Meeting – Vote

Items for Discussion and Action:

State Graduation and Dropout Results for 2015-16 – Discussion

Next-Generation MCAS: New Achievement Level Descriptors – Discussion and Vote

Proposed Amendment to Regulations on Accountability and Assistance for Districts and Schools, 603 CMR 2.00 (Limitation of Certain Provisions for 2016-17 School Year) – Initial Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment

Technical Amendment to Regulations on Accountability and Assistance for Districts and Schools, 603 CMR 2.00 – Discussion and Vote

Educator Licensure and License Renewal: Proposed Amendments to Regulations, 603 CMR 7.00, 13.00, and 44.00 – Initial Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment

Educator Evaluation: Amendments to Regulations, 603 CMR 35.00, on Student Impact Rating – Discussion and Vote

Regulations on Recovery High Schools, 603 CMR 54.00 – Discussion and Vote

Governor’s State Education Budget Proposal for FY2018 – Discussion

Update on Chapter 70 – Discussion

Other Items for Information:

Report on Grants and Charter School Matters Approved by Commissioner
Board Members

Mr. Paul Sagan, Chair, Cambridge
Mr. James Morton, Vice Chair, Boston
Ms. Katherine Craven, Brookline
Dr. Edward Doherty, Hyde Park
Dr. Roland Fryer, Cambridge
Ms. Margaret McKenna, Boston
Mr. Nathan Moore, Chair, Student Advisory Council, Scituate
Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
Dr. Pendred Noyce, Boston
Mr. James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Milton
Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington



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