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Massachusetts: Working in Education in Massachusetts

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The Digest of Education Statistics reports the per student expenditure in Massachusetts for the 2005-2006 school year at $12,560, which is significantly higher than the nationwide expenditure of $9,154 per student.

Educational Management

Boston public schools operate a school leadership institute to prepare, support, and retain aspiring school-based administrators who have the knowledge, skills, and experience to lead instructional improvement in order to improve student learning. The institute offers a school leader recruitment effort, a support structure for new principals, and a professional development and support system for assistant principals.

Massachusetts has the fourth-highest concentration (as percent of state employment) of childcare and preschool administrators in the country. The mean annual salary for these positions was $51,730 in Massachusetts in May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual salary for elementary and secondary school administrators in Massachusetts was $91,380.

Curriculum and Instruction

The Center for Curriculum and Instruction helps schools and districts build their capacity to engage all students in learning in order to meet rigorous expectations. The center is responsible for developing Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in the arts, English language arts, foreign languages, history and social sciences, math, and science and technology/engineering as well as the English language benchmarks and outcomes and standards for instructional technology.

Teacher's Aides in Massachusetts Schools

One Massachusetts school used a Rural School Achievement Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund paraprofessional (teacher's aides, teacher assistants, etc.) positions. The Rural School Achievement Program provides financial assistance to small, rural schools to help them achieve adequate yearly progress.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the mean annual salary for teacher assistants in Massachusetts was $25,280 in May 2008.

Technology Education

The Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations document defines what K-12 students should know and be able to do in order to use technologies for work and lifelong learning. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools is revising its Technology Self-Assessment Tool (TSAT) to align with the Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations. The TSAT:

  • Helps teachers determine their own levels of technology proficiency and identify professional development needs in that area.
  • Helps schools and districts assess their technology professional development needs and plan activities to help teachers become proficient in technology.
  • Helps the state gather and report data on technology competencies and professional development.

Massachusetts Online Network for Education (MassONE) is the state's set of web-based tools for communication, collaboration, and curriculum planning designed to support pre K-12 standards-based teaching and learning. MassONE tools enable students to expand their learning opportunities beyond the classroom. The network's technology resources help teachers enrich their teaching and increase their productivity. Resources of administrators include curriculum and communication tools.

Massachusetts public schools offer students online courses ranging from academically advanced to technical and specialized courses. Schools donate Internet connectivity, staff time, and computers.

The Office of Instructional Technology of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools helps schools use technology for improving student achievement and technology literacy. The office assists districts in technology planning, distributes grants, develops standards for technology access and literacy, and reports on progress in meeting these standards.

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