Commissioner Mitchell Chester is proposing to freeze school and district accountability for level 1-3 for 2017-2018. A proposed change to the regulations was voted to send for public comment by BESE. The proposed language change to 603 CMR 2.00 is:

(4) Limitation of certain provisions  In 2017, the provisions of 603 CMR 2.04 (1) – (3) will not apply to any school that enrolls students in grades 3-8, provided that the school has a participation rate of at least 90 percent in the administration of the spring 2017 MCAS tests and does not have a persistently low graduation rate.   

If you have an opinion on the Commissioner’s proposal to freeze school and district accountability levels in 2017, public comments are due Wednesday,  April 5, 2017.

Written comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted by mail to: Kristin Castner, Center for District Support, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, by fax to: 781-338-3318 or by e-mail to:

More information on all regulations that are posted for public comment can be found at the DESE Laws and Regulations home page. 

Note that at the time of this post, the incorrect document was posted on the public comment page for these proposed regulation changes. Please refer to the BESE documents linked above for the correct set of proposed regulation changes. 


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