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Mass. Seeking Help In Creating Next MCAS Test

Boston (AP) - The state is looking for help designing a new version of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday formally requested proposals from private companies to help develop and build the ``next-generation MCAS'' test...

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Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

State Education Board Lifts Probation on Global Learning Charter Public School

The State Board of Education has moved to lift the probation status on the Global Learning Charter Public School in New Bedford.

The probation was put in place in January of 2014 for low MCAS scores in math and English language arts...

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Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM
Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Chester Encouraged By Visit To New Bedford

Mass. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says he's encouraged by what he saw Thursday in New Bedford's underperforming schools.

Chester visited both the Parker School and New Bedford High School...

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Michele Furtado / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
Michele Furtado / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Fairhaven Woman Brings Fight Against Common Core To New Bedford

When state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester drove up to the Parker School in New Bedford Thursday morning, he was greeted by Michelle Furtado of Fairhaven, a staunch opponent of the Common Core education standards in Mass...

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Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mayor: City Welcomes Education Commissioner’s Input

The state's Commissioner of Education is visiting New Bedford on Thursday, stopping at two of the city's underperforming schools for meetings with teachers, administrators and parents...

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Pia Durkin Named “Turnaround Operator” for Parker School

New Bedford Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin admits she's never personally overseen a school takeover before, but is optimistic it will be a relatively smooth transition at the Parker School...

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Comm. Chester

Commissioner Names Durkin As Turnaround Operator For Parker School

Mass.  Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin will be the turnaround operator for the John A. Parker school in New Bedford...

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Commissioner Mitchell Chester

Parker School Recommendations Now Under State Review

 

State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is now reviewing a long list of recommendations on ways to improve student acheivement at the Parker School in New Bedford. 
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TSM - DESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester holds a roundtable at Parker Elementary School.
TSM - DESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester holds a roundtable at Parker Elementary School.

State Takeover Looms over New Bedford School

During a roundtable at the "Level Four" Parker School, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester made it clear...

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flickr- Anne Marie Bettencourt

New Bedford Native Anne Marie Bettencourt Named Mass. “Teacher Of The Year”

The Massachsuetts Teacher Of The Year works at Springfield Central High School, teaching ninth graders.  She's also a New Bedford native. 

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