The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is about to debate the most recent spherical of MCAS outcomes and transfer ahead with revisions to bodily and well being training framework at Tuesday’s assembly.
The upcoming assembly is about to first deal with long-discussed revisions to how the state teaches well being and bodily training.
The modifications, proposed by the Healey administration and launched for a 60-day public remark interval in June, have been touted as necessary updates to an outdated framework together with issues like media literacy and inclusive of homosexual, queer, and trans college students’ identities and wishes.
They could be the primary updates to the curriculum tips in 25 years, and the ultimate say on curriculum would stay on the discretion of native college districts.
The division obtained practically 5,400 responses of public remark, in response to a abstract launched forward of Tuesday’s assembly, and the newly up to date draft “displays numerous modifications supposed to deal with
Comments spanned each robust opposition and powerful help for the modifications, in response to the DESE abstract. Most survey respondents — principally figuring out as mother and father — agreed with statements just like the “vision is clear and compelling” — 57% agreed — and the practices “determine crucial expertise that college students want to keep up lifelong bodily and psychological well being — 55% agreed.
However, extra disagreed with assertion together with the requirements “will help Massachusetts achieve the vision for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education” — 53% disagreed — and requirements “represent a reasonable progression of expectations for student learning” — 53%
The board will vote on whether or not to approve the brand new framework throughout the Tuesday assembly.
The Education Board can even focus on the most recent spherical of MCAS outcomes, set to be publicly launched Tuesday afternoon.
The 2023 MCAS was the primary full standardized testing in Massachusetts because the begin of the pandemic. Pandemic-era scores have suffered throughout the state, with outcomes plunging to the bottom in many years in 2022.
The outcomes come amidst a renewed push to overthrow the MCAS commencement requirement, together with a poll initiative push let by the Massachusetts’s lecturers union.
The assembly will happen from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Zoom.