To the Citizens of the Commonwealth:
It is an incredibly exciting time for public education in Massachusetts.
With the leadership of Governor Patrick and the Legislature; the commitment and incredible service of our educators; the hard work of our students; and the support of parents and family members and also local, regional, and community partners, we are building a 21st century public education system in the Commonwealth, one that will meet each student where he or she is and provide the targeted support that each student needs to be truly successful.
Massachusetts is at the forefront of education reform and improvement efforts, and the state is implementing bold and innovative strategies in early education, elementary and secondary education, and higher education that are improving the quality of educational experiences for students across the state. In addition, many of our students continue to lead their peers on national and international measures of student achievement. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments, but there is much work that still needs to be done. In Massachusetts, doing well is simply not good enough.
The Executive Office of Education (EOE) is responsible for achieving Governor Patrick’s vision for public education in Massachusetts, and we are working in collaboration with state, regional, and local partners to achieve two overarching goals of the Patrick-Murray Administration:
- Ensure that all students have access to high-quality educational opportunities from birth through postsecondary education; and
- Close persistent and unacceptable achievement and attainment gaps among different groups of students.
In order to achieve these goals, the EOE is implementing multiple strategies that will enable the Commonwealth to:
- Meet the learning needs of each student and provide the knowledge, encouragement, and skills that they need to meet our high expectations for student growth and achievement, and also provide comprehensive support services to address out-of-school factors;
- Ensure that every student in the state is taught by highly competent educators who continually receive the tools and professional support that they need;
- Prepare every student for postsecondary educational and career opportunities and also lifelong success; and
- Unleash innovation and change throughout the public education system.
Pursuant to Executive Order 540, our strategic plan represents a critical first step in implementing a performance management program that will help us to allocate different types of resources more effectively and achieve better outcomes for students and their families. Our strategic goals for the next two years are as follows:
- Increase levels of third grade reading proficiency for all Massachusetts children;
- Enhance the effectiveness of the educator workforce;
- Successfully turn around our lowest performing schools and districts; and
- Increase college and career readiness.
By executing this plan, the EOE will better ensure that all children and students across the state will have the knowledge, skills, and experiences that they need to be effective members of their families and communities, lifelong learners, and successful citizens. The EOE is eager to continue working with our educators at every level of the public education system, our parents and family members, local officials, members of the Legislature, our state education partners, and community partners to implement the Governor’s comprehensive agenda for building a 21st century public education system in Massachusetts.
Matthew H. Malone, Secretary of Education