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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

    • NEWS
    • 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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  • BOE Chairman Hires Search Firm to Find New Education Commissioner

    BOE Chairman Hires Search Firm to Find New Education Commissioner4

    • NEWS
    • 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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  • Now Hiring: Who Will Be the Next Head of Massachusetts Public Schools?

    Now Hiring: Who Will Be the Next Head of Massachusetts Public Schools?3

    By Doug Page Education is to Massachusetts what oil is to Texas — it put the state on the map. Since the Commonwealth’s earliest days, when it was settled by the Puritans, education has been at the forefront, leading it to establishing world-renown universities and, in time, what many now consider the country’s best public

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  • Bay State’s Education Commissioner Dies2

    By Doug Page Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester passed away Tuesday, June 26, and has been replaced, in the interim, by Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced. Wulfson had been named acting commissioner by the state’s Board of Education (BOE) earlier this year. Chester, 65,

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  • State Education Commissioner Chester Scaling Back Workload2

    By Doug Page Commissioner Mitchell Chester, who leads the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which oversees the Bay State’s K-12 public schools, has scaled back his workload due to illness and Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson was appointed acting commissioner, sources close to DESE tell baystateparent. DESE Spokesperson Jacqueline Reis denied that Wulfson was

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