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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?2

    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 Dies0

    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 Workload0

    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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  • State Officials Vague on New Standardized Test

    State Officials Vague on New Standardized Test4

    Massachusetts students in Grades 3 through 8 will take a new standardized test this month, but it’s unclear how new the test really is. Dubbed “MCAS 2.0” in October 2015 by Mitchell Chester, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the new test was proposed by Chester as a compromise between

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  • State Official Offers Update on MCAS 2.0

    State Official Offers Update on MCAS 2.00

    Editor’s Note: Our reporter Doug Page caught up the Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester at a recent Askwith Forum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge. This is an edited transcript of that interview. baystateparent: When will you have a decision on MCAS 2.0 test, which I guess is still under

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  • The Mystery of MCAS 2.0

    The Mystery of MCAS 2.00

    Massachusetts public school students in Grades 3-8 will take the new MCAS 2.0 test in just four months, yet state education officials still haven’t publicly detailed the breakdown of Common Core vs. non-Common Core questions on the exam. The hybrid test approach, in which the annual exam would be a mix of Common Core-aligned questions

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