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Board's Assessment Committee Meeting

These are my notes, not official minutes, of the Board's Assessment Committee Meeting I attended at the Department today, July 18, 2016 (11:00-12:30). Agenda is HERE.

Meeting called to order at ~11:15 AM. Board members in attendance: Penny Noyce; Board Chair Paul Sagan; Mary Ann Stewart; Secretary Jim Peyser; Commissioner Mitchell Chester. In Roland Fryer's absence (Assessment Committee Chair), Board Chair Sagan Chaired the meeting.

DESE Staff in attendance: Jeff Wulfson, Deputy Commissioner; Michol Stapel, Director of Student Assessment; Bob Lee, Office of Student Assessment. Heather Peske, Senior Associate Commissioner of Instructional Support, joined Deputy Commissioner Wulfson for Agenda Item #4.


1. Approval of the Minutes:

Two sets of Minutes - approved as presented (April 25, 2016, 3:35-4:30 PM and May 26, 2016, 3:40-4:45 PM)

2. Update on MCAS contract and PARCC licensing agreement:

Deputy Commissioner Wulfson: pleased with progress being made on the Next Generation Assessme…

5 Reasons Perkins Should be Reauthorized this Year

I was most interested to read in Education Week that Reps. Katherine Clark and Glenn Thompson introduced a bill to strengthen the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which is up for reauthorization this year (last reauthorized in 2006). This is good news and Congress should reauthorize the Act this year. Here's why:
There's broad, bi-partisan support for career and technical education. 'Nuff said.Recent studies have shown that CTE dual enrollment programming may be a particularly effective high school and college completion strategy.Now that ESSA is in play (requiring States to ensure that their challenging State academic standards are aligned with relevant career and technical education standards), CTE can be better supported and integrated with academic coursework and dual enrollment programs.Greater stakeholder collaboration can be encouraged at the State and Local level, including with industry and business to ensure CTE's relevance to student's …

Board Meeting Dates for 2016-2017

The list of Board Meeting dates for 2016-2017 below was approved at our last regular meeting of the year (June 28, 2016). Attempts were made to schedule regular meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month, except for the fifth Tuesday in November, the third Tuesday in December, and third Tuesday in April (public school vacation week). Board members have been asked to reserve Monday evenings before each regular meeting in the event of a special meeting that month.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - Special Meeting
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - Regular Meeting

Monday, October 24 - Special Meeting
Tuesday, October 25 - Regular Meeting

Monday, November 28 - Special Meeting
Tuesday, November 29 - Regular Meeting

Monday December 19 - Special Meeting
Tuesday, December 20 - Regular Meeting

Monday, January 23, 2017 - Special Meeting
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - Regular Meeting

Monday, February 27 - Special Meeting
Tuesday, February 28 - Regular Meeting

Monday, March 27 - Special Meeting
Tuesday, Ma…