Remembering Mitchell Chester

June 29, 2017

We were stunned and deeply saddened by news that Mitchell Chester, the nation's longest-serving state superintendent of education, passed away unexpectedly on Monday night. 

In the nine years he served as Massachusetts state schools Commissioner, Dr. Chester was one of the nation's most consequential school reformers, a trailblazer in issues as diverse as standards, digital testing, charter schools, and teacher development.

CTEq CEO Linda Rosen was privileged to serve with Dr. Chester on the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for The Nation's Report Card. "Mitchell had a way of asking hard, thoughtful questions that reflected a lifetime of experience as a change-maker in schools and districts," Rosen said. "He quickly moved beyond merely theoretical discussions or debates that strayed from his highest goal: namely, helping children."

His sudden passing from cancer took us by surprise.  He left us much too soon, but his legacy will outlive us all.