BOSTON – Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Mary Skipper today provided context and insights on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and accountability data released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The data show that students in grades 3 through 8 and in the 10th grade have made progress since 2021 but are not yet back to pre-pandemic levels. It also indicates where more acceleration and support are needed. Some strengths represented in the BPS data include some gains for students with disabilities and former English learners in some categories, including math. However, District leaders believe that more must be done to close the gaps within these results. Chronic student absenteeism last school year was a factor that likely contributed to these outcomes. At the direction of Superintendent Skipper, BPS is working to prioritize supporting students and families who experience chronic absenteeism.
The Boston School Committee has received the final of three reports from the law firm of Hinckley Allen and Snyder, the first of which detailed allegations of pervasive student-on-student physical and sexual misconduct, bias-based conduct, bullying, and lack of special education compliance, dating back to 2014 at the now-closed Mission Hill K-8 School. The third and final phase of the investigation audited Central Office policies and practices. The redacted findings from this investigation can be found below.
BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND BOSTON TEACHERS UNION ANNOUNCE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT THAT MAKES SIGNIFICANT STRIDES ON INCLUSION POLICIES AND PRACTICES
The tentative agreement between the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union takes major steps forward on key district inclusion policies and practices. The agreement, announced during a major national teachers conference held in Boston, will put students’ needs at the center of inclusion policy in the City of Boston.
On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, the Boston School Committee voted to offer the position of Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to Mary Skipper. The vote took place during a public meeting at which School Committee members discussed the qualifications of two finalists for the Superintendent position. Last week, BPS hosted numerous public interviews with the two candidates with various stakeholder groups, including students, families, educators, and community partners, wrapping up a search process that began in March under the guidance of a nine-member Search Committee. Video footage of last week’s interviews is available online.