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Governor:Deval Patrick
Commissioner of Education:Mitchell D. Chester
Quality Counts state grade:B
Pre-K-12 enrollment:954,648
Number of school districts:392
Number of public schools:1,829
Number of public school teachers:68,754
Unadjusted education spending per student:$14,699
Percent minority students:32.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:34.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:17.5%
Percent of English-language learners:5.8%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:58.4%
8th grade math:54.6%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:47.5%
8th grade reading:48.2%

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The academic boost that elementary students got from a program that linked them with community supports and resources lasted all the way to middle school, a study says.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
The Baltimore and Boston initiatives come amid an influx of money into the ed-tech sector for the development of digital curricula, assessment products, and other offerings.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
There is a game of educational pinball currently being played in the schools of Massachusetts and, I suspect, elsewhere, that in the long run will be more detrimental to education than any financial burdens imposed by such tax-limitation measures as Massachusetts' Proposition 2. It is the practice--especially prevalent in the secondary schools--of "bumping," a practice in which teachers with greater seniority and a larger number of areas of certification lay claim to the positions of their less senior but better academically prepared colleagues. Many collective-bargaining agreements between teachers and school committees permit this practice.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
A business group says Massachusetts risks growing complacent in its academic status if state officials don't make fundamental changes in school autonomy, funding, and other areas.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week

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