Mass. teachers are making a difference in classrooms across the state

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Since April 2018, Commissioner Riley has traveled the state to gather input on what's next for K-12 public education. His listening tour culminated in the statewide Kairos conference in March and in the "Our Way Forward" report in June.

We are now seeking ideas from a wider cross-section of students, parents, educators, and other stakeholders. Share your thoughts on how to make our public schools the best they can be. Also, please tweet and post our "The Future" PSA to help us engage more voices.

Deeper learning — learning that involves mastery, identity, and creativity (see "In Search of Deeper Learning" by Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine) — has been a major focus so far, and this fall, DESE will give individual schools and entire districts the opportunity to apply to rethink classroom instruction around deeper learning. We encourage school and district leaders who would like to join the pilot program to indicate their interest online.

The state works with local school districts and educators in your community to ensure that learning expectations are high for all students, that each classroom is led by an excellent educator, and that students are learning in a rich educational environment.

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Learning standards

The state, working with Massachusetts educators, establishes learning standards that describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level.

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Student testing

State assessments help educators, parents, and policymakers determine where students are mastering the material and where they need additional help.

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School and program options

Because each student learns differently, we support a variety of school choices and educational options for K-12 students and adult learners.

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School and district turnaround

When underperforming schools and districts aren't improving, we work with districts to better serve students.

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School and district data

The Department collects a wide range of data to help improve teaching and learning in Massachusetts schools.

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Educator licensure

Massachusetts is looking for inspired, innovative, and nurturing individuals to join our schools.

Education laws, regulations, & guidance

Federal and state education laws, regulations, and guidance and public records requests

Research & best practices

Recent research findings and best practices from Massachusetts schools and resources for district planning

Pathways to graduation and college & career readiness

Information on college and career readiness initiatives

Digital learning & technology

Digital learning and technology policy development; technology planning, readiness, and funding; and virtual schools

Problem Resolution

Problem resolution process for complaints not resolved at the local level, monitoring of public schools and private approved special education schools

Adult education

No-cost basic educational services for adults, including high school equivalency/adult diploma programs

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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