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2020 Return to School

Reopening Massachusetts Public Schools

2020-2021

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The Department is working with districts to help everyone return to learning this fall. Visit our back-to-school page for quick access to the latest information on reopening. In addition, all of our guidance, on subjects ranging from art classes to transportation, is posted online. The latest updates related to COVID-19 and K-12 education in Massachusetts are posted on our COVID-19 page, and we are releasing more information and guidance on a rolling basis.

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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In partnership with public schools and local communities across the state, DESE is committed to creating and supporting innovations that lead all students to success.

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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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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
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