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Cowen, James; Goldhaber, Dan; Theobald, Roddy – Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2017
Effective teachers make a real difference for student learning. But research shows that both in Massachusetts and nationwide, academically struggling students and those from historically low performing subgroups are less likely to be assigned to the teachers who are most likely to generate strong results. This results in missed opportunities to…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Achievement Gap, Equal Education, Teacher Characteristics
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2016
A rise in data availability gives educators the opportunity to tailor instructional practices and interventions to student needs and invest resources in areas where students require the most support. Massachusetts developed the Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS), which synthesizes the wealth of student data available in the state, including…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Progress Monitoring, Educational Indicators, Ability Identification
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2016
This report has been provided to the Legislature on an annual basis since the year 2000. This report is issued in the context of a change in focus for the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the federal agency which oversees the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) implementation in each state. OSEP's new accountability…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Alignment (Education), Federal Government
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2014
The purpose of this guide is to provide information on how to use early warning data, including the Massachusetts Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS), to identify, diagnose, support and monitor students in grades 1-12. It offers educators an overview of EWIS and how to effectively use these data in conjunction with local data by following a…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, At Risk Students, Identification, Elementary Secondary Education
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2014
This report has been provided to the Legislature on an annual basis since 2000 when the legislature amended the language of G.L. c. 71B to align Massachusetts special education terminology with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This year reports the context of a major change in the way state systems of special…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Alignment (Education), Federal Government
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education first released the Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) data for grades 1-12 in the 2012-13 school year. The Department created the EWIS in direct response to educators' requests for early indicator data across multiple grade levels. The EWIS is a "tool to systematically…
Descriptors: School Statistics, Progress Monitoring, Educational Indicators, Teacher Evaluation
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) created the grades 1-12 Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) in response to district interest in the Early Warning Indicator Index (EWII) that the Department previously created for rising grade 9 students. Districts shared that the EWII data were helpful, but also…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Risk, Models, Identification
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) created the grades 1-12 Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) in response to district interest in the Early Warning Indicator Index (EWII) that the Department previously created for rising grade 9 students. Districts shared that the EWII data were helpful, but also…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Risk, Models, Identification
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2012
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education commissioned this paper to explore several questions about students who are English language learners (ELL) in Massachusetts: (1) For how many years is a typical ELL student in Massachusetts classified as limited English proficient (LEP)?; (2) How much variation is there in a the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Limited English Speaking, Classification, Student Characteristics
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2009
The "Local Technology Plan Guidelines" serve as the basis for the Department's annual technology data collection. This report takes a look at the data submitted by 344 school districts, examining the progress Massachusetts school districts are making in meeting the recommended guidelines. In doing so, it will gauge the degree to which…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Technology Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Integration
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2009
This paper presents part I of the "Massachusetts Primer on Special Education and Charter Schools." It provides an explanation of a charter school's legal status within the Massachusetts public education system and a synopsis of federal laws that are most relevant to special education in charter schools. The information is intended for…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Special Education, Compliance (Legal), Educational Legislation
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2009
This paper presents the second part of "Massachusetts Primer on Special Education and Charter Schools." This section is an introduction for new staff members of state agencies and others who need an overview of topics related to Massachusetts students with disabilities enrolled in Massachusetts charter schools. The information focuses on…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Special Education, State Agencies, State Officials
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2009
This paper presents the third part of the "Massachusetts Primer on Special Education and Charter Schools." Part III addresses the issues concerning the education of students with disabilities at all stages in the development and operation of a Massachusetts charter school. The information is intended to inform those who are responsible…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Charter Schools, Special Education, Program Implementation
Westrich, Keith; Leonard, Jennifer – Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2008
Connecting Activities was launched more than ten years ago to expose students to the world of work and help them see the relationship between what they are learning in school and their career aspirations. By linking education to worksite learning experiences, Connecting Activities provides a real-world context for teaching a more relevant…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, At Risk Students, English (Second Language)
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2008
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shares the Governor's concern about the need to prepare students for the 21st century economy. Technology has the power to enhance students' learning, engage them, and ultimately prepare them for the competitive world beyond school. In order to prepare students for their future in this increasingly…
Descriptors: Technology Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration
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