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Understanding Massachusetts' Approach to Standards, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessments

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What will students learn?
Massachusetts' Curriculum Frameworks demonstrate what students need to be able to accomplish in each subject at each grade level.

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How are students taught?
DESE is focused on ensuring that all students receive a world-class education. To do this, DESE develops resources to help educators teach our most vulnerable and historically marginalized student populations. DESE provides guidance for English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, and low-income students as well as for Inclusive Practice and Social and Emotional (SEL) Learning.

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How do we know students learned it?
To find out how well students understand what is being taught, educators give students local and state tests. Using test results, school districts and teachers can identify areas where students need more help, refine lesson plans, and even select different curriculum resources to help students reach high expectations.

Last Updated: August 10, 2017
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