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Family Guides

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts sets expectations, or standards, for what every student will know and be able to do in school. These guides help you understand those standards and partner with teachers to support your child’s learning. 

DESE Educational Vision

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's goals for students in public education.

Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks

The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks provide teachers, students, and families with clear and shared expectations for what all students should know and be able to do at the end of each year. They represent a promise of equitable education for all students. They formalize the expectation that all students in the Commonwealth have access to the same academic content, regardless of their zip code, background, or abilities.

Standards Navigator

The Massachusetts Department of Education's learning standards in the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks set expectations for what all students should know and be able to do by the end of each school year. Educators, students, families, and others can use the Standards Navigator to explore the Massachusetts learning standards and find related resources such as student work exemplars, quick reference guides, and definitions of terms.

District Report Card

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more. Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to understand better how to support students and our school.

Accountability Report

Massachusetts uses information on progress toward improvement targets, accountability percentiles, graduation rates, and assessment participation rates to determine each district and school’s overall classification. Most districts and schools are placed into two categories: those that require assistance or intervention from the state and those that do not require assistance or intervention. New or very small districts and schools are classified as having 'insufficient data.' Placing schools and districts into categories helps districts know which schools need more support and helps the state know which districts need the most assistance.


Heidi Driscoll, Assistant Superintendent 

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