State Board of Education to vote Tuesday on MCAS modification – Sentinel and Enterprise | #Education

MALDEN – The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. today, with an agenda that includes a vote to modify competency determination requirements for the class of 2022, so that this year’s juniors would not be required to take and pass MCAS tests to graduate.

The board is also slated to vote on a new world languages curriculum framework and to solicit public comment on items including a regulatory amendment that would allow the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to refrain from issuing new accountability determinations for districts and schools for the 2020-2021 school year, and amendments to the admission standards regulations for vocational and technical schools.

Scheduled for a final vote in June, the vocational school admission changes aim to improve access to those schools for students and families, provide districts offering vocational-technical programs “flexibility to develop data-informed local admissions policies that promote equitable access,” and clarify the department’s authority to intervene and order changes — including requiring a lottery — in cases of non-compliance, according to a memo from Commissioner Jeffrey Riley.

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