Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Education/Arts: Education Accountability/Reform

E8 School and District Accountability and Assistance
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Tel: 781-338-3535
Title I Services: 781-338-6230
Fax: 781-338-3318

The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 (MGL Ch. 71) calls for dramatic changes in public education over a seven-year period. Among the major improvements are greater and more equitable funding to schools, accountability for student learning, and statewide standards for students, educators, schools and districts. Major changes in accountability brought about by the Education Reform Act include: a school council in every school, continuing education for educators, more authority for every principal, better defined roles for school committees, and clear, concise, measurable statewide standards for students and schools. The capstone will be a "high-stakes" test based on the new curriculum standards. Every student will need to pass the new test in order to receive a diploma.

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