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Mass. Schools Chiefs Weigh In On State's Reform Efforts

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Superintendents in Massachusetts are mostly supportive of that state's ongoing education-reform initiatives, according to a survey of the state's 304 district chiefs.

The survey was conducted last month by the Mass Insight Education Reform Leadership Group, a strategic issues consulting firm in Cambridge. It was designed to measure support for the Education Reform Act of 1993. The reform act issued five statewide education goals for improving the quality of learning, accountability, and the teaching profession.

The superintendents were most supportive of the reform effort's emphasis on professional development, curriculum frameworks, and technology initiatives, the survey revealed.

They were nearly evenly divided on the effectiveness of the statewide assessments and the mandates on how much time teachers must spend per school year in actual classroom instruction.

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