State Seeks Public Input on School Accountability System

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts education officials are seeking input on a new accountability system to judge school performance.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is inviting public feedback at a Monday meeting to be held at the panel’s Malden headquarters.

Massachusetts is revamping its system for evaluating public schools in response to federal regulations approved in 2015.

The new system will still weigh test scores but adds other measures including the share of students taking advanced classes and those that are chronically absent.

It will also focus on boosting the performance of each school’s lowest performing students along with the school as a whole.

No vote will be taken at the Monday meeting. The state’s education commissioner said he will ask the board to approve the system at its June meeting.

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