Monday, July 27, 2015

Extended Discrepancy Reporting Window

Did your district take the MCAS during the 2014-2015 school year?  If so, then this update is for you!The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is extending the length of the MCAS discrepancy reporting window to August 7-19. The extension will allow schools and districts to view preliminary reports in Edwin Analytics to help identify unusual patterns in their data. Data files and printable rosters showing full preliminary MCAS results for all grades in English language arts, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering will be available in DropBox Central beginning August 7. Edwin reports should be available on approximately August 12. See the updated 2015 assessment and accountability data review and release schedule for more details.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

$805,000 for McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grants

Congratulations to 28 districts in Massachusetts for receiving $805,000 in McKinney-Vento Homeless Education grants.  These grants are designed to help schools ensure that homeless students enroll in school, attend school, and have the opportunity to succeed in school. Recipient districts have significant homeless student populations and will use this money to offer a variety of activities, including tutoring, before- and after-school programs, summer programs, staff training in best practices to support homeless students, and collaboration with medical, mental and dental health providers and community services.

These competitive grants are federally funded and will reach approximately 12,000 homeless students.  All 28 school districts across the Commonwealth that applied ended up receiving funding!  Feel free to take a look at the complete district list below:
To read more about how one Massachusetts district has worked with their homeless student population, click here.