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Thoughts on the Commissioner’s Evaluation

Evaluating the Commissioner is an important dimension in providing citizen/public oversight of the Department. In my comments at the Board meeting Tuesday, June 28, I expressed my primary concerns about Reading, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Advisory Councils. However, due to time constraints, I wasn't able to share all comments, commendations, recommendations.

As the Board has heard in two Special Meetings (in May and June), all educators are evaluated with a rubric specific to their educational role. Rubrics are comprised of 4 standards (customized for each role) and many indicators and all educators are given a performance rating using one of four performance levels: Unsatisfactory; Needs Improvement; Proficient; Exemplary.

By contrast, the Commissioner is evaluated using a set of criteria determined by the Board's Evaluation Committee, with input from Board members. I attended two meetings of the Committee (October 19 and May 24) and was pleased that they accepted som…

Commissioner's Annual Performance Evaluation Criteria

In the absence of a rubric, criteria for the commissioner's annual performance evaluation was determined last fall by the Commissioner's Performance Evaluation Committee (Penny Noyce, Committee Chair; James Morton, Board Vice Chair; and Paul Sagan, Board Chair); all Board members were invited to provide input. Criteria were drawn from the Board's Mission Statement and goals in the Department's Strategic Plan. The Board is scheduled to conduct its public evaluation of Commissioner Chester at the Regular Meeting on Tuesday, June 28. As of this writing, the evaluation is agenda #5 of 11 items for Discussion and/or Vote.


Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education 2015-2016 Performance Criteria For Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

Background The mission of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is to strengthen the Commonwealth’s public education system so that every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary educa…

Using a Standards-Centered Framework to Implement ESSA

The following are some take-aways from a recent NASBE webinar I participated in - led by Robert Hull, Director of NASBE's Center for College, Career, and Civic Readiness.

State Boards of Education (SBEs) have been reviewing and revising learning standards ever since the publication of "A Nation at Risk" in 1983. It's not enough to adopt standards; SBEs must create a standards-based system in which all policies are aligned with the learning standards.

Learning standards put the student in the center and standards become the "hub of all other components in the system. NASBE identifies six broad areas of policy around the learning standards:
ExpectationsCurriculumMaterialsMeasures of EffectivenessAccountability SystemProfessional Learning Each SBE lies within a unique context, not shared in exactly the same governance model, or authority, with regard to Power of Policy in their state, but all have the Power of the Question and the Power to Convene. The Power of the Q…

NASBE: Public Education Positions

I'm a member of the (PEP) Committee. We had a conference call recently to discuss how to do some revamping of the positions, with respect to establishing a process and structure for establishing new positions, reaffirming positions, and archiving positions.

NASBE referred to the structure of the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) as a good template: members to PEP would be appointed by state boards of ed, with NASBE President appointing the Chair. After some discussion, the Committee was in unanimous support.NASBE had been working on a preamble for the position statements, which was brought to the Committee and ultimately supported (unanimously) after discussion.The Committee's recommendations will go before the NASBE Board for its support to adopt this structure on MOnday, June 20, which also requires changes to the PEP Committee Bylaws (Article X, Section 4).
If the Board votes to support one or both recommendation at its meeting on Monday, June 20, the proposal will go befor…