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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1455        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 528


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Martha M. Walz


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act making school district reporting requirements more efficient and effective.






Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1455        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 528

By Ms. Walz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 528) of Martha M. Walz and others relative to requiring  the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to review state-mandated reporting requirements for school districts .  Education. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act making school district reporting requirements more efficient and effective.


              Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to improve the efficiency of public school reporting requirements, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              The department of elementary and secondary education shall prepare a report (a) identifying the state laws, regulations, administrative directives and past practices that require school districts to prepare and submit reports and data, including but not limited to those that apply to special education, (b) analyzing the value of the reports and data submissions, and (c) identifying the state laws that require the department of elementary and secondary education to submit reports to the legislature based on information it must obtain from school districts.

              The report shall include, but not be limited to, examining the value of these reports and data in improving student achievement and reducing achievement gaps. The report shall identify reports and data submissions that are duplicative of one another and of reports and data submissions required under federal law. The department shall propose recommendations that may include, but are not limited to, the elimination or modification of the reports and data submitted under state requirements and ways in which reports and data submissions can be consolidated or provided more efficiently. The report shall also include a description of all current and planned efforts by the department to improve the ways in which it collects reports and data from school districts, including through the use of technology to ease reporting requirements.

              The department shall work in consultation with the American Federation of Teachers, Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association, Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association, Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association, Massachusetts Teachers Association and the members of Mass Partners for Public Schools in preparing its report. To the extent practicable, these organizations shall provide staff to assist the department in preparing its report.

              The department shall file its report, together with drafts of legislation, if any, necessary to carry out its recommendations no later than July 31, 2014 by filing the same with the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate who shall forward a copy of the report to the joint committee on education.

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