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  • MCAS Results Show Income, Race Continue to Affect Student Performance

    MCAS Results Show Income, Race Continue to Affect Student Performance1

    • NEWS
    • November 29, 2017

    By Doug Page This year’s recently released MCAS results show, with few exceptions, that children from high-income communities outperformed their less-advantaged peers, and a demographic achievement gap continues to persist. Demographically, Asian and white students performed best, according to information provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which administers the test

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  • Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates

    Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates1

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    • November 1, 2017

    By Doug Page Concerned that high numbers of Bay State tenth graders will fail the new version of the MCAS test — and, as a result, not graduate high school — Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson is offering a lifeline. At the Oct. 24 meeting of the Massachusetts Board

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  • Mass Secretary of Education Questioned Over Charter Schools

    Mass Secretary of Education Questioned Over Charter Schools2

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    • October 27, 2017

    By Doug Page Democrat Jay Gonzalez, a former member of Gov. Deval Patrick’s cabinet who wants to be the state’s next governor, also wants answers from Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser about his involvement in last year’s charter school ballot question. At the Oct. 24 Massachusetts Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Gonzalez discussed a

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  • BOE Chairman Hires Search Firm to Find New Education Commissioner

    BOE Chairman Hires Search Firm to Find New Education Commissioner2

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    • October 17, 2017

    By Doug Page Massachusetts Board of Education (BOE) Chairman Paul Sagan was lightly chided at last month’s meeting for hiring an executive search firm to help find the state’s new commissioner of education. “It surprises me that [the BOE’s] search committee wasn’t consulted or had input into this, especially when other board members didn’t, either.

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  • BOE Chairman Sagan repeats last year’s speech on campaign contributions

    BOE Chairman Sagan repeats last year’s speech on campaign contributions2

    By Doug Page His critics likely gave him the one thing they never intended — a platform to defend his actions and sell his position. But if readers look closely at what Massachusetts Board of Education (BOE) Chairman Paul Sagan told his fellow members regarding the issue of adding new charter schools, they’ll note he

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  • BOE Sets Scoring Levels, Definitions for MCAS 2.0

    BOE Sets Scoring Levels, Definitions for MCAS 2.02

    By Doug Page While the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) remains opaque about the level of Common Core-related content in the new MCAS 2.0 test, what is clear is the test’s achievement levels and their definitions. As in the previous version of the exam, there are four achievement, or scoring, levels that

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